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In order to qualify for services and accommodations on the basis of disability, students must submit clinical documentation directly to Student Disability Services. The following guidelines are intended to assist clinicians in their preparation of reports and to inform clients as consumers of clinical services. Additionally, the following guidelines are not intended to comprehensively address the unique information needed for different types of disabilities. Further, some accommodation requests (e.g. single residence hall room placement) will require additional substantiation of need. Thus, Student Disability Services reserves the right to require the provision of specific information on a case-by-case basis.
Documentation provided will be used by Student Disability Services to evaluate requests for services and accommodations. The evaluation for receiving services includes a review of the documentation itself and an assessment of whether the accommodation(s) would alter the fundamental goals and standards of a program and/or the course itself.
For individuals who have recently been receiving services from a public school system, the information requested would most likely be contained in the Psycho-Educational Evaluation from your most recent review. IEP’s, 504 Plans, or Transition Plans, are not considered clinical documentation and additional information will be required.
For individuals transferring from another college, disability-related information will not be sent with a transcript request. Disability documentation must be requested separately. Additionally, the disability information that is requested by Whittier College may or may not be included in a previous evaluation. Student Disability Services may request further documentation from a student if it is not in accordance with the following documentation guidelines.
General Documentation Guidelines
Learning Disability Guidelines
Psychological/Psychiatric Disability Guidelines
Physical Medical Disability Guidelines
The documentation must be based upon an evaluation by a healthcare or mental health professional appropriately licensed by the state to diagnose medical, psychological, and learning disorders. Such persons are usually physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and school psychologists. Documentation from third parties or from persons not licensed to diagnose such conditions will not be accepted.
The evaluation to determine whether a person possesses a learning disability must be conducted by an individual who is qualified and appropriately licensed to diagnose learning disabilities.