The University of Mississippi's Office of Student Disability Services
DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERS
To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate classroom accommodations, students requesting accommodations must provide documentation of an impairment or disorder which supports their requests. This documentation should identify a significant limitation concerning the conditions, manner or duration of time required by the student to complete or participate in a major life activity. The limitations must rise to the level of being disabling. Accommodations are provided based on the impact of a disorder, not only on the diagnosis of a disorder. In addition, documentation should identify the student's specific strengths and weaknesses and report how the student's disorder or impairment interferes with educational achievement.
The DSM-IV, TR (Combined Type, 314.01; Predominantly Inattentive Type, 314.00; and Predominantly Hyperactive Type, 314.01) provides the diagnostic model that should be followed, as is recommended on the American Academy of Pediatrics ADHD diagnosis guidelines. Documentation guidelines are as follows:
1. Documentation must be completed by a licensed professional who is qualified to evaluate and diagnose attention deficits disorders. The name, title and licensure or certification number of the evaluating professional writing the report should be included. In addition, all reports should be typed or printed on professional letterhead, dated, and signed. Medical and/or psychological testing administered by a family member will not be accepted.
2. Documentation must be CURRENT. Reasonable accommodations are based on the current impact of a disorder or impairment. It is necessary that the documentation submitted specify the student's current functioning. Documentation should be current within one (1) year.
3. The following information MUST be included, if applicable, in all documentation submitted:
4. While a psycho-educational evaluation is not required for verification of ADHD, because accommodations are provided based on the impact of the disorder, it is in the best interest of the student to submit a current and comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation. This type of assessment will assist us in determining the student's strength's and weaknesses and will show us how the disorder might interfere with the student's educational achievement. A comprehensive psycho-education evaluation should include:
a. Aptitude/Ability Testing: Tests of aptitude and ability provide a good estimate of an individual's aptitude for college-level work. Also, these tests can provide information about cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
b. Achievement Testing: Current, comprehensive levels of functioning in reading, mathematics, and written language are required. The following are NOT comprehensive measures of achievement and therefore are not suitable for determining eligibility for accommodations: The Wide Range Achievement Test - 3 (WRAT-3); the Diagnostic Achievement Test for Adolescents, Second Edition (DATA-2) and the Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT: any edition).
c. Interview: Testing should include a thorough interview in order to get the clearest possible understanding of the student's current learning problems. Information should be gathered about the student's academic history, developmental history, medical history, and current adjustment to high school/college life, if applicable, including social support and study habits.
d. Attention and Concentration:
Observation throughout a testing session can provide a great deal of information
about a student's ability to sustain attention. However, there are a number
of additional tests which can supplement understanding of a student's attentional
abilities and which will be helpful in determining the impact of the disorder.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions or require additional information:
of Student Disability Services
The University of Mississippi
234 Martindale Center
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-7128
Fax: (662) 915-5972
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