Attachment VIII

 

 

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-San Marcos (Texas State) 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) which 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 learning disabilities refer to "Guidelines for Learning Disability Accommodation" (Attachment X), for mobility and other disabilities refer to the "Guidelines for General Disability Accommodation" (Attachment IX), for psychological disabilities refer to "Guidelines for Psychological Disability Accommodation" (Attachment XI).

 

A student needing documentation of ADD or ADHD can receive referral from ODS. It is the responsibility of the student, not ODS or the University to pay for the cost of an evaluation.

 

Students should keep a copy of any disability documentation provided to ODS for their own records. 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: Weschler 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.)

 

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

 

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?

 

Within 30 days of receiving the diagnostic evaluation or report, ODS will review the need for accommodations and support services based on the individual's disability documentation and disability-based need. 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 and university policy. For a description of services available for students with disabilities at Texas State, see the Office of Disability Services brochure.