College Campus: The college, by law is only required to accommodate that which they know about from the time they know about it. Those who do not seek help early enough may end up seeking help after a problem arises. This may crate awkward situations or even failure.
Documentation: At the college level, the you must provide current information regarding the impact of the disability. Documentation is linked to accommodation. Documentation is needed to show that there is a diagnosis. Documentation is not a note from a doctor written on a Rx pad.
A psychological evaluation is generally required when a cognitive disability is involved. It is recommended that the assessment be on an adult normed measure such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). The report/assessment should not be more than 2 years old. It should include a description of your behavior during testing.
Please contact your school’s psychologist or Transition Coordinator to check on the assessments for your child. Every college has the right to determine what documentation it will accept. While a 504 plan, an IEP or a Student Exit Summary may provide some information about what happened in high school, it is not solely used to determine college services. Ask about what documentation is need at any college you are considering.
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