Learning Disabilities are a group of neurologically based difficulties that negatively impact a student’s ability to demonstrate specific academic skills. In the educational setting, these disabilities may interfere with speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling, or computation. Such difficulties are not a reflection on a student’s overall intellectual ability. For students requesting services, the Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office requires documentation from a qualified professional that describes the disability and its likely impact on the student’s academic experiences. This documentation serves three purposes:
What to do if your existing documentation does not meet the above guidelines?
Students are encouraged to submit what they have for review by a DRS counselor. Provisional accommodations may be established, while additional documentation is being obtained. If additional documentation is needed the DRS counselor can work with the student and diagnostician to clarify what information or diagnostic measures are needed, and a list of service providers in the community, who may be of assistance.
What to do if you do not have documentation?
Students who do not have documentation are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a DRS counselor to learn more about learning disability assessments, and where to obtain them. DRS counselors are glad to offer advice on what assessments may be helpful.