ADD/ADHD is a medical or clinical diagnosis. Individuals qualified to render a diagnosis for this disorder are practitioners who have been trained in the assessment of ADD/ADHD and are experienced in assessing the needs of adult learners. Some recommended practitioners include: developmental pediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, licensed clinical or educational psychologists, family physicians or a combination of such professionals. The diagnostician must be impartial and not a family member of the student.
Documentation must be current (within the past three(3) to five(5) years), and the following documentation criteria for eligibility for reasonable accommodations must be met:
The documentation should include:
1. A clear statement of ADD or ADHD with the DSM-IV diagnosis and a description of supporting past and present symptoms.
2. A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis.
3. A narrative summary, including all scores, which supports the diagnosis.
4. A statement of the functional impact or limitations of the disorder or disability on learning or other major life activity and the degree to which it impacts the individual in the learning context for which accommodations are being requested.
5. Medical information relating to the student's needs, including the medication(s) the student is taking and the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary learning environment.
The Rights of the University and the Campus Access Services Office
The University of New Haven reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of documentation submitted and requests for accommodation(s) on a case-by-case basis, using the professional judgment of the Campus Access Services staff and/or ADA/504 Review Committee. Additional information may be requested to determine eligibility.
Relevant information regarding the student's disability may be shared those who have a legitimate educational interest.
Diagnostic information regarding the student's disability may be shared with the ADA/504 Review Committee.