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Legal Requirements
What Is a Disability as Defined by the ADA?
Who Is Covered?
What is the Required Documentation? (Requirements vary with the disability.)

 Health Condition, Mobility, Hearing, Speech, Vision - A report from a treating professional with a clearly stated diagnosis with defined levels of functioning and any limitations. Also provide documentation of any current treatment and medication with a current letter/report (within 1 year), dated and signed.

 Psychological Disorder - A letter or report from a mental health professional with a clearly stated diagnosis and defined levels of functioning and any limitations. Also, supporting test data, history and documentation of current treatment and medication (within a year)

 Traumatic Brain Injury - A comprehensive evaluation report by an appropriate specialist which includes the following information:

  1.  Assessment of cognitive abilities, including processing speed and memory.
  2.  Analysis of educational achievement skills and limitations (reading, writing, spelling and math abilities).
  3.  Defined levels of functioning and limitations in all affected areas (communication, vision, hearing, mobility, psychological, seizures, etc.)
  4.  Current treatment and medication.
  5.  Current letter/report, (within one year) dated and signed

 Learning Disability - A comprehensive evaluation report from a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, school psychologist, learning disability specialist, or diagnostician, including the following:

  1.  Clear statement of presenting problem; diagnostic interview
  2.  Educational history documenting the impact of the learning disability
  3.  Alternative explanations and diagnoses are ruled out
  4.  Relevant test data with standard scores are provided to support conclusions
  5.  Clearly stated diagnosis of specific learning disability based upon DSM-V criteria
  6.  Defined levels of functioning and any limitations, supported by evaluation data
  7.  Current report (within 3 years of enrollment date) signed and dated

 Attention Deficit Disorder ADD/ADHD - A comprehensive evaluation report from a physician, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, neurologist, or neurophysiologist including:

  1.  Clear statement of presenting problem; diagnostic interview
  2.  Evidence of early and current impairment in two different environments
  3.  Alternative explanations and diagnoses are ruled out
  4.  Relevant test data with standard scores provided to support conclusions
  5.  Clearly stated diagnosis of ADD or ADHD based upon DSM-V criteria
  6.  Defined levels of functioning and any limitations, supported by data
  7.  Current report (within 3 years of enrollment date) dated and signed

 PLEASE NOTE - A High School IEP, 504 Plan, and/or a letter from a physician or other professional usually is not sufficient to document ADD or ADHD. Medication cannot be used to imply a diagnosis.

What are classroom accommodations?

 Examples:

  1.  Extended time for tests/quizzes
  2.  Testing in a distraction-reduced environment
  3.  Use of a recorder
  4.  Use of an electronic Speller
  5.  Enlarge tests and handouts
Accommodations and Accessibility
Institutions are not responsible for personal services such as:
Plan Ahead

process, you may contact the Jefferson State ADA Office and set up an appointment (205) 856-6077 or email arsherman@jeffersonstate.edu