Psychological Disability Guidelines
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 mental health professional (licensed clinical social worker; therapist; psychiatrist; neurologist; not a family member)
- Letterhead (name, license number, area of specialization, employment, address, phone). Signature and date.
- Dates of initial testing/diagnosis and most recent evaluation (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the condition, the current medical status, and the accommodation request; disabilities/conditions that are sporadic, currently in the diagnosis phase, or degenerative may require more frequent evaluation)
- Medical, developmental, and psychological histories
- Medical, educational, psychological, and neurological assessment results as appropriate
- A clear diagnostic statement of the disability/illness (including the DSM-IV diagnosis), and degree of severity
- Prognosis for the student’s condition
- Statement of positive/negative effect of medication on the student’s functioning in the post-secondary environment
- Description of current symptoms (frequency, duration, and severity) and the impact the disability/illness has on the student’s functioning in a postsecondary academic and/or residential environment.
- Specific recommendations for accommodations and services that would facilitate the student’s reasonable and appropriate access to the College’s academic programs and residential life settings, 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.