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Statement of Disability:
The written assessment must contain a clear diagnostic statement that ADD/ADHD is present. The diagnostic report should include specific recommendations for accommodations as well as an explanation as to why each accommodation is recommended.
The decision to provide services will be determined from a written diagnostic report based upon the following guidelines.
* History of early impairment
Because ADD/ADHD is, by definition, first exhibited in childhood, historical and academic information must be gathered and presented by the evaluator.
* Evidence of current impairment
o Statement of Presenting Problem: A history of the individual's presenting attentional symptoms should include evidence of ongoing impulsive/hyperactive or inattentive behaviors that significantly impair functioning.
o Diagnostic Interview: Information collected should consist of more than a self-report, as information from third party sources is critical in diagnosis. Sources may include, but are not limited to; family history, developmental history, medical history, psycho-social history, academic history, prior psycho-educational reports, and description of current functional limitations pertaining to an educational setting.
* Relevant testing information used to supplement diagnostic profile
* Diagnostic reports
Diagnostic reports should include a review and discussion of DSM-IV criteria for ADD/ADHD both currently and retrospectively and specify which symptoms are present.
* Interpretative summary based on comprehensive evaluative process
o Demonstration that alternative explanations have been ruled out;
o Indication of patterns of inattentiveness/impulsivity/hyperactivity across life span and settings used to determine presence of ADD/ADHD;
o Indication and discussion of the substantial limitation to learning;
o Rationale as to why specific accommodations are needed.
The assessment must be administered by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or ADD/ADHD specialist.
Date of Testing:
The assessment must have been completed within the past three years and be updated if changes occur while the student is enrolled at Macalester in order to ensure the provision of appropriate services.
The requested documentation must be received by the Office of Student Affairs as well as a meeting with the Associate Dean of Students in order to receive accommodations during the semester. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs (651-696-6220) as soon as possible to avoid a delay in securing services.