The Office of Disability Services
- To ensure that the student has been tested by a licensed professional who has diagnosed a specific learning disability which qualifies the student to receive appropriate accommodations as required by the ADA; and
- to assist and guide us in providing the most effective and appropriate strategies and accommodations for the student.
Is a high school IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) enough documentation?
No, not alone. An IEP does provide useful information about the strategies, resources and accommodations that a student has utilized, and implies that the student was once diagnosed with a disability or learning deficiency. But, clinically speaking, it is not evidence of a particular learning disability. If the student had not been tested or retested in a number of years, it would be wise to be tested again to have up-to-date documentation, which most colleges and all certification exam boards require.
What is Appropriate Documentation?
Documentation for a learning disability is the full report of testing by the physician or psychologist who performed the tests.
Criteria for Acceptable Documentation
- A qualified professional, such as a licensed psychologist or physician must conduct the evaluation
- Testing must be comprehensive and include:
- The diagnostic interview
- The neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluation of:Aptitude
Information Processing Other Assessment Measures
The tests most frequently used to measure cognitive or intellectual ability are:
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Revised (WAIS-R)
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Revised (high school documentation)
- Woodcock - Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery - Revised (WJPEB-R)
The tests most frequently used to measure educational achievement are:
- Woodcock - Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery II
- Wide Range Achievement Test - Revised (WRAT-R)
- Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests - Revised
- Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test
- Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test
The test most often used to evaluate visual processing is the
- Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test
Disabilities Services Coordinator: Vince Riley
Office: Ford Academic Resource Center (on the ground floor, beneath the Library in the Bachmann Main Building)