Documentation Guidelines

Students seeking accommodations need to provide appropriate recent documentation of a diagnosed disability or impairment from a qualified, diagnosing professional. Requests for accommodations must be relevant and applicable to the student’s current disability diagnosis. The documentation criteria are as follows:

  • Be on official letterhead or on the Emmanuel College Medical Verification Form and signed by an evaluator who is qualified to diagnosis the student’s disability. The document must include the evaluator’s licensure/certification information.
  • Identify the diagnosed disability or disabilities (including DSM or ICD codes, when appropriate), a list of test instruments used to evaluate the disability, and any history related to the disability.
  • Describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability or disabilities, and recommend supportive reasonable accommodations.
  • Be “current.”
    • To be specific:
      • completed within the last six months for psychiatric/psychological, medical, sensory or other health diagnoses.
      • within the last three years for LD, ADHD, and ASD (autism spectrum disorder) using adult norms.

Please note: IEP's and/or 504 plans that were developed for secondary education and may not provide the necessary testing, diagnostic information, or information related to determining reasonable accommodations in higher education.  However, some IEP's and 504 plans may provide very useful information that could be used in the process of evaluating reasonable accommodations in higher education.  If submitting IEP's or 504 plans, please only submit the most recent versions.

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