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Documentation of Disability

Students with disabilities who are seeking special services from Cumberland County College must follow the procedures outlined below in order to receive accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Learning Disability*

Students are required to submit documentation to the Office of Disability Services to verify eligibility to receive services. This documentation must be current (within five years), must be conducted by qualified professionals, and must include the following**:

 

1. Aptitude Assessment (psychological): The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-III is the preferred instrument. Group intelligence tests, the Slosson Intelligence Test and the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test are NOT appropriate. 2. Achievement Assessment (learning): Current levels of reading, mathematics, written language are required. Preferably, a certified Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant should administer tests. Acceptable instruments include the Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery-Revised or the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test for age appropriate students. The Wide Range Achievement Test is NOT a comprehensive measure of achievement. 3. Information Processing: Specific areas of information processing (e.g., short and long-term memory; sequential memory; auditory and visual perception/processing; processing speed, etc.) must be assessed. Information from subtests on the WAIS-III or the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability as well as other instruments relevant to the presenting learning problem(s) may be used to address these areas.  4. IEP: For informational purposes only. The IEP is not a valid document in the postsecondary environment.

* Students who wish to apply for the Project Assist program should request an application and must have documentation that is no more than 3 years old.
** Students with ADD or ADHD are required to have their doctor fill out a Cumberland County College ADHD verification form.

Psychological/Psychiatric Disorders

Students are required to submit documentation to the Office of Disability Services to verify eligibility to receive services. The documentation must be current (within one year) and must include the following:

 

1. Diagnosis: A diagnosis must be given by a qualified professional (psychologist, counselor or psychiatrist) indicating the need for services/accommodations.  2. Recommendations: A statement of how the disability and or prescribed treatment impacts the student in an academic environments with recommendations for accommodations.

All Other Disabling Conditions

Students with disabilities other than those mentioned above must also submit documentation to the Office of Disability Services to verify eligibility to receive services. The documentation must be from the physician who has diagnosed and treated the student. The documentation must be current (within three years) and should be typewritten on the physician’s letterhead and include the diagnosis, prognosis, and recommendations. The letter should certify the condition as a disability as defined in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Temporary disabilities require yearly updated documentation. This information is required to develop an appropriate Accommodation Plan.





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