Updating documentation for learning disabilities
Student Accessibility Support staff can talk with families about the scope of accommodations and support provided at Brandeis, but documentation is not reviewed and individual accommodations are not determined until a student has been accepted and enrolled at Brandeis.
Approval for most accommodations requires current documentation (generally, no more than three years old.) While the presence of the condition itself may be undisputed, approval for accommodation requires information about conditions or diagnoses that can manifest differently over time (learning disabilities, AD/HD, psychiatric.) Current documentation is encouraged, also, for a condition that does not change over time, but the physician or specialist may document that reevaluation of the disability is not necessary.
Students diagnosed with physical and/or mental impairments qualify as persons with disabilities when their conditions substantially limit them in one or more major life activities.
If you are a transfer or older returning student, then you may have an evaluation conducted by a learning disabilities specialist, a psychologist, or another qualified professional.
We would be happy to assist you in securing a copy of such an evaluation from a previous educational institution, as well as any additional information that could prove helpful to us in planning your program.
(Last Modified on November 20, 2015) Report a broken link An individual must demonstrate that his/her condition meets the definition of a disability under the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990, and its Amendment, 2008).
The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities when compared to most people in the general population.
It is understood that appropriate documentation occasionally takes time to obtain.
SAS can set up interim accommodations while an assessment is pending or when waiting for documentation to be forwarded to our office.
Notably, a clinical diagnosis is not synonymous with a disability.
As described in the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, diagnosis of a clinical disorder is insufficient for establishing a disability because “diagnosis does not imply a specific level of impairment or disability” and “impairments, abilities, and disabilities vary widely within each diagnostic category” (APA, 2013, p. Greater information regarding functional limitations in major life activities is required to substantiate a disabling condition relative to most people in the general population.
This current documentation must be on file with the Director of Disability Services before classes begin.