Students requesting support services and/or academic accommodations from Washington & Jefferson College are required to submit supporting disability documentation to the disability services office.  Students are encouraged to keep copies of this documentation for their own records.  Supporting documentation is required to verify eligibility under the applicable state and federal laws and W&J policies.  The student is responsible for obtaining necessary documentation.  An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan is not sufficient documentation.

Documentation Guidelines:

The documentation must be on official letterhead and clearly state the medical professional or diagnostician's name, title, professional credentials, place of employment, areas of specialization, and contact information. Documentation must be no more than three years old.  Students who have never been tested, or are in need of updated documentation, may contact W&J’s counseling services office.  Please note that on-campus testing is done over several sessions and may take a number of weeks before the evaluation is complete.

The documentation must provide a specific diagnosis with clear evidence to the nature of the impairment/disability, its expected duration, and appropriate accommodations.  Vague terminology, such as "learning differences," does not constitute a diagnosis. Professionals that may provide supporting documentation include clinical/school/neuro-psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, counselors, and learning disability specialists.  The diagnostician cannot be a family member. DSM-IV stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Submission of documentation is not the same as a request for services. 

Documentation may be emailed, faxed, or mailed:

Email: dss@washjeff.edu


Fax: 724-223-2657

Address: Disability Support Services, Washington and Jefferson College, 60 S. Lincoln St., Washington, PA 15301

 

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) Documentation

Professionals rendering a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD must have comprehensive training and direct experience working with adolescents and adults with these conditions.  The College will make the final determination of reasonable accommodations. The diagnostic report must include the following:

 

Learning Disabilities Documentation

The diagnostician should have comprehensive training and direct work experience in the assessment and treatment of learning disabilities. Assessments must include a measure of both aptitude and academic achievement.  Documentation must include test dates and all test results. The College will make the final determination of reasonable accommodations. Acceptable tests include, but are not limited to, the current editions of the following:

The diagnostic report must include the following:

 

Physical Disabilities Documentation

Documentation must be submitted by a physician.  The College will make the final determination of reasonable accommodations. The diagnostic report must include the following:

 

Psychological Disabilities Documentation

Documentation must be submitted by a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, or social worker.  The College will make the final determination of reasonable accommodations.  The diagnostic report must include the following:

 

Traumatic Brain or Head Injury Documentation

Documentation must be submitted by a physician, neurologist, psychologist, or psychiatrist.  The College will make the final determination of reasonable accommodations. The diagnostic report must include the following: