Specific Learning Disability

Students with learning disabilities who are requesting support services from Villanova University’s Learning Support Services Office should submit documentation to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The following guidelines are provided to ensure that the documentation is complete and appropriate.

1. The documentation should include a diagnosis of Learning Disability and the rationale of this diagnosis.

2. The diagnosis should be made by a licensed or certified professional and/or someone trained in psycho educational assessment.

3. The evaluation information should be current and relevant to the setting.

4. The assessment battery should include a cognitive evaluation (WAIS-III or WJ-R) and achievement battery and the following information:

  • The names of the assessment instruments used
  • The quantitative and qualitative information that supports the diagnosis
  • The severity of the condition
  • The areas of educational impact
  • Additional observations that would assist in meeting the individual needs of the student
  • The names, titles, addresses, telephone and fax numbers of the evaluators as well as the date(s) of testing

In addition, specific recommendations for accommodations (with explanation of how the need is substantiated through testing) will be helpful in assigning accommodations for the student.

Possible Tests for Assessing Adolescents and Adults

Educational Testing Service (ETS) offers a list of possible tests to be used in an evaluation.  This is offered as a resource and is not meant as a complete list of available tests.

http://www.ets.org/disabilities/documentation/documenting_learning_disabilities#appendb