Students requesting accommodation on the basis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) must provide documentation from an appropriately credentialed professional who has undergone comprehensive training and has at least 5 years of experience diagnosing ASDs in children, adolescents or young adults (depending on age of student).
The preferred form of documentation is in the form of a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation accompanied by a clinical statement reviewing history and current symptoms.
Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations should include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Thorough medical, family, and developmental history gathered by appropriate professional (developmental pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, neuropsychologists, etc.).
- Comprehensive psychological or neuropsychological examination, within the past three years, including a detailed discussion of the individual’s current cognitive functioning as it impacts the educational environment.
- Academic testing – standardized achievement tests, including standard scores in the areas of individual need.
A review of the academic and/or medical records should include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Current level of social/emotional functioning by separate evaluator if not contained in neuropsychological evaluation.
- Integrated narrative summary, including impact of symptoms on learning and/or communicating, ability to function in a residential college community and executive functioning deficits as relevant to postsecondary education.
- Clear identification of symptoms as they pertain to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM V) criteria for all relevant diagnoses.
- A clinical interview, including a description of the presenting problem(s) including any significant developmental, medical, psychosocial and employment; family history; and a discussion of co-morbid diagnoses (if relevant). A comprehensive interview with parents or knowledgeable informants and a self-report is needed to obtain a view of the individual’s present function and ability.
- Prescribed medications, dosages and schedules which may influence the learning environment, including any possible side effects.
- Supplemental documentation may include evaluations by allied health professionals such as speech/language assessments, occupational therapy records, statements from therapist or other treating professionals.