1. A Qualified Professional Must Conduct the Evaluation
Qualified evaluators may include psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, other relevantly trained medical doctors, clinical social workers, licensed counselors, and psychiatric nurse practitioners.
The name, title, and credentials of the qualified professional writing the report should be included. Information about license or certification should also be clearly stated in the documentation. All reports should be in English, typed or printed.
3. Documentation Necessary to Support the Diagnosis Must Be Comprehensive
4. Historical Information, Diagnostic Interview, and/or Psychological Assessment
Documentation Must Include a Specific Diagnosis based on the DSM-IV-TR or ICD-10 diagnostic criteria.
Alternative Diagnoses or Explanations Should Be Ruled Out and Rationale for Requested Accommodations Must Be Provided
The evaluator must describe the degree of impact of the diagnosed psychiatric disorder on a specific major life activity, as well as the degree of impact on the individual.
The ETS guidelines for documentation of psychiatric disabilities as well as policy statements pertaining to LD and ADHD can be found at http://www.ets.org/disabilities/documentation/documenting_psychiatric_disabilities/
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