Guidelines for Attention Deficit Disorder Accommodation
Who is Considered a Qualified Student with a Disability?
In order to provide quality services to students with disabilities, Texas State University requires a student to provide verification of disability to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at the time services are requested. A student who has an existing diagnosis or documentation of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that has been completed by a certified professional (e.g., psychologist, psychiatrist or physician) within the last five years may submit this documentation to ODS for consideration. In certain cases, updated information may be required. This information will be used to establish the need for appropriate accommodations.
The disabilities addressed in this guideline include: Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. For cognitive disorders refer to the “Guidelines for Acquired Brain Injury Accommodation” (Attachment VII); for mobility and other disabilities refer to the "Guidelines for General Disability Accommodation" (Attachment IX); for learning disabilities refer to "Guidelines for Learning Disability Accommodation" (Attachment X); and for psychological disabilities refer to "Guidelines for Psychological Disability Accommodation" (Attachment XI).
A student needing documentation of ADD or ADHD can receive referrals from the ODS. It is the responsibility of the student, not the ODS or the university to pay for the cost of an evaluation.
Students should keep a copy of any disability documentation provided to the ODS for their own records. The ODS will maintain a student's file no longer than five years after graduation or the last semester services are requested.
What is ADD/ADHD Disability Criteria?
The characteristics of ADD/ADHD may be grouped into three domains: inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Each student with ADD/ADHD has a unique set of traits and characteristics. The following list of characteristics may be associated with ADD/ADHD: inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, activity level, or arousal problems.
I. Required Documentation
a. Evaluation (psychiatric, psychological, or neuropsychological), which includes:
1) Developmental history – including evidence of early and current impairment
2) Types of assessments used in the evaluation
3) A medical or clinical diagnosis that meets criteria for the DSM IV diagnosis of ADD/ADHD which includes a list of current symptoms as identified by the ODS ADHD Supplemental Summary Report Form
4) Quantitative or qualitative information that supports the diagnosis
5) Area impacted by ADD/ADHD and severity of the condition (past and present)
6) Recommendation for accommodations including the rationale for the recommendation
II. Recommended Documentation
a. Intellectual Assessment – recommended tests include: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Third Edition (WAIS III), Woodcock Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability
b. Achievement testing – recommended tests include: Woodcock Psycho-Educational Battery-III
c. Medical evaluation noting medication prescribed, if any, and its effects and side effects
d. ADD/ADHD behavioral rating scales
e. A continuous performance measure of attention and response control (e.g., Conners Continuous Performance Test, IVA, etc.)
In addition to the diagnostic evaluation, a report should include recommended academic accommodations. Accommodations for ADD/ADHD may include extended test time, reduced distraction environment for testing, seating in front of the classroom, advance registration of classes, and reduced course load. In addition for use by the university, these recommended accommodations might be needed in the future for standardized tests, including the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
How are Accommodations and Support Services Determined?
30 days of receiving the diagnostic evaluation or report, the ODS will review
the need for accommodations and support services based on the individual's
disability documentation and disability-based need. The ODS will notify the
student after determining appropriate accommodations in accordance with Section
504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act,
the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and university policy. For a description of
services available for students with disabilities at Texas State, see the
Office of Disability Services brochure.