LASC Documentation Guidelines
1. The name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator should be clearly stated in the documentation. All reports should be on letterhead, typed, dated and signed. Please note that the evaluator must be a qualified professional such as a physician, psychiatrist, neurologist, or psychologist. An IEP or previous 504 Plan is not sufficient documentation.
2. Documentation should be recent (within 2 years) and include the following:
- A summary of the diagnostic interview
- Any relevant history
- A description of the methods of evaluation
- The specific result or findings of the evaluation (test scores or clinically significant observations of the evaluator)
- Validation of a substantial limitation to learning or other major life activity
- Description of student’s current level of functioning
- Validation of the need for services based on the individual’s current level of functioning in the educational setting
- Recommendations for accommodations
Once a student has been approved for accommodations, a “504 Plan” will be created, and a letter detailing the approved accommodations will be sent to the student. Upon approval for services, students will meet with the LASC Director and appropriate faculty members to facilitate the implementation of the accommodations plan. Each student’s accommodations will vary according to his/her individual needs and the documentation provided. The LASC will work with students and their professors to determine the most appropriate accommodations.
Accommodations at the Post-Secondary Level – FAQ’s
- Accommodations and services are not automatic at the college level, and parents cannot request accommodations on behalf of their adult students. Students must advocate for themselves by self-identifying or disclosing information about their disability and requesting disability services.
- Colleges can provide reasonable accommodations to qualifying students but cannot guarantee student success.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require institutions of higher education to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with documented disabilities, provided that accommodation does not create an undue hardship or fundamentally alter the nature of the program; however, colleges are not required to waive or reduce essential course requirements. Students must meet the academic standards of a course and/or program.
- Colleges must protect a student’s right to privacy and confidentiality.