Support Services for Students with Disabilities

Psychiatric/Psychological Disorders

Psychiatric disabilities comprise a range of conditions characterized by emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral dysfunction. A diagnosis by a licensed mental health professional including psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, other relevantly trained medical doctors is required. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student. The name, title, and credentials of the qualified professional writing the report should be included.

Documentation for eligibility must reflect the current impact the disability has on the student's functioning (date of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student and the student's request for accommodations).

Documentation should include:

Academic accommodations for students with psychological disabilities are usually granted for twelve months. Renewal of accommodations requires a current recommendation from a qualified evaluator or licensed professional who is involved with the treatment of the student. Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if co-existing learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated. The Office of Academic Support Services for Students with Disabilities retains the right to request further documentation, if perceived necessary.

Source: The Policy Book, LRP Publications, 2000