Psychological or Attentional Disabilities
Documenting Psychological or Attentional Disabilities
Please see a DSS staff person for individualized assistance in determining whether you have a qualifying disability. This interview with the staff member plays a big part in determining if you have a disability and what accommodations are needed. You will also need to bring the documentation provided by your health care provider. A form for them to fill out is here.
Generally, staff will look for the following in your documentation:
- Verification of your condition should be made by a qualified treating professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, MSW, etc.
- We need your diagnosis and how it affects major life functions with or without treatment. We prefer information about the educational impact of your impairment and academic accommodation recommendations.
- DSM-IV Diagnosis (date of diagnosis and most recent contacts), including the results of assessments used to make the diagnosis.
- Recommendations for academic accommodations (special testing, note takers, adapted texts, etc.).