Types of Impairments
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Documentation of ADHD should be in the form of a report prepared by an appropriate professional (psychiatrist, physician, or psychologist) within the last three years. It should include the following: a clear statement of ADHD with the DSM-IV diagnosis, a description of the symptoms which meet the criteria for the diagnosis, a summary of the assessment procedures and evaluation instruments which were used to make the diagnosis, information about current medication(s), and suggestions for reasonable accommodations which are supported by the diagnosis and the functional limitations of the individual.
Documentation of a mobility impairment should be in the form of a letter from an appropriate health care provider. This letter must: include the type of disability, state the functional limitations based on the disability, specifically state the duration of the functional limitations and any distance limitations, include suggested recommendation for effective, reasonable accommodations, be written by an appropriate health care provider (e.g., physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist depending on the nature of the disability), and be typed on official letterhead and signed by the provider
Documentation of a psychological disability should be in the form of a letter or a report from a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. The documentation should include a DSM-IV diagnosis. The documentation should also include the functional limitations brought about by the diagnosis (i.e., difficulties with concentration in individuals diagnosed with depression).
The Office for Disability Services for Students (ODSS) is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student is maintained as confidential as required or permitted by law. This information may include test data, grades, biographical history, disability information, performance reviews, and case notes.