Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder:
Documentation should be current (within one year). Doctor’s notes on prescription pads are not sufficient for documentation of a disability. Documentation will be kept confidential and will be utilized only to determine the student’s eligibility for accommodation or services, and the type of accommodations or service required.
Documentation may include the following as relevant to the request:
- Qualified, impartial professional (psychologist; neuro-psychologist; psychiatrist; other relevantly trained medical doctors) with experience and expertise in the area for which accommodations are being requested; not a family member
- Letterhead (name, license/certification/degree, area of specialization, employment, address, phone). Signature and date.
- Medical, developmental, and educational histories
- Dates of initial testing/diagnosis and most recent evaluation (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the condition(s), the current medical status, and the accommodation request).
- Evidence of current impairment, including description of frequency, duration, and severity of symptoms (last six months), and a discussion of the degree of impact the ADHD has on the student’s functioning in a postsecondary environment.
- Alternative diagnoses/explanations ruled out (e.g. consideration of medical, psychiatric, educational, and cultural factors)
- Details from adult-level neuropsychological or psycho-educational assessment results which meet diagnostic criteria, including evaluation instruments/procedures, cognitive and achievement measures, and standardized scores/percentiles if applicable
- Results from interviews and attention rating scales
- A clear, specific diagnostic statement, including the severity of the condition, based on the DSM-IV criteria
- Statement of positive/negative effect of medication on the student’s functioning in the post-secondary environment
- Recommendations for educational compensation strategies, as appropriate.
- Specific recommendations for accommodations and services that would facilitate the student’s reasonable and appropriate access to the College’s academic programs, including rationale for each accommodation.
Send all documents to:
Diane Paxton, Associate Director for Disability Services
120 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116
Emerson College reserves the right to determine the adequacy of the documentation provided and the right to require additional or other information as determined necessary by Emerson College to complete its consideration of the request.