To be eligible for reasonable accommodations, students are required to self-identify and provide documentation of their disability to the Assistant Director of the Center for Academic Support.
Requirements for Students with Learning Disabilities
A psycho-educational evaluation by a licensed psychologist or a Re-evaluation Report (RR) by a certified school psychologist containing current information (usually not more than a few years old) must be provided. A comprehensive assessment battery and the resulting diagnostic report should include a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, academic achievement, information processing and a diagnosis. This report should also include specific recommendations for accommodations as well as an explanation as to why each accommodation is recommended.
Documentation Requirements for Students with Attention Deficit Disorders
An evaluation by a psychiatrist, neurologist, licensed psychologist, or a Re-evaluation Report (RR) by a certified school psychologist containing current information (usually not more than a few years old) must be provided. The documentation should include a clearly stated medical diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, a description of the symptoms that meet the criteria for the diagnosis, instruments used to make the diagnosis and current medications, dosages and frequencies. This report should also include recommendations for academic accommodations as well as an explanation as to why each accommodation is recommended.
Documentation Requirements for Students with Psychological, Neurological, or Medical Disorders and Students with Mobility and Sensory Impairments
An evaluation by a medical doctor, licensed psychologist, or a Re-evaluation Report (RR) by a certified school psychologist must be provided that clearly diagnoses and describes the disability and recommends accommodations appropriate for college students. The information should be current (Usually not more than a few years old).
Students with mobility and sensory impairments should contact the Assistant Director of Academic Support and allow enough lead-time if they are requesting accommodations. They may be required to provide documentation, depending on the disability and accommodations requested.
Important note regarding counseling on campus:
While counseling is available at Ursinus’ Wellness Center, this service is designed to provide short-term, brief therapy to assist students in need. In an effort to be able to make services available to all UC students, the Wellness Center is not designed to provide long term mental health support. Given this, it often makes sense for students with disabilities and/or long standing mental health concerns to meet with an off campus counselor and utilize the Wellness Center when needed. Please view the Wellness Center website for further information.
Testing And Assessment:
Students who do not currently have documentation of their disability can contact appropriate providers to obtain psychoeducational assessments and other appropriate testing. The attached list contains possible providers. (Please note that students chose the qualified professional that they feel most comfortable with and use of the providers on this list is not required.) Professional Testing (PDF)
Transitioning From High School To College
The Department of Education transition guide for students with disabilities. View the guide
The following assessment, created by Landmark College, can help students and their parents assess college readiness and discuss possible challenges that students might face.