Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, ADD/ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that manifests itself in academic, occupational, and/or social situations. In order to be considered a disability, the disorder must meet the definitions provided by applicable law. The assessor should be qualified to conduct such assessments. Documentation may be obtained from family and general physicians or psychiatrists. Please be sure that your assessor has experience in the field of adult Attention Deficit Disorders. The Dean of Students’ Office and Monsour can also provide you with information about professionals in the local area who can conduct evaluations.
Please provide a copy of a recent professional evaluation (typically within the past three years) that discusses past and present symptoms. Your documentation should identify the disability, describe the limitations caused by the disability, and, if possible, it should recommend accommodations to be provided. The documentation should include information about the onset, longevity, and severity of the symptoms, including specific information about how the disability has interfered with educational achievement.
If applicable, the report should cover medical history relating to the current use of medication and the impact of the medication on the student’s ability to meet the demands of the academic program. Useful sources of information for diagnosis of ADHD include: childhood data (report cards, prior evaluations, interviews with parents, student’s recollections, parent and/or teacher ratings or recollections); current functioning (ratings by student and parents); and psychological testing (IQ data, personality testing, and neuropsychological testing, if warranted). The report must include information about the tests and methods used to make the diagnosis. This information is confidential and will not be released to others without the student’s permission. Reports will be shared with Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, to determine appropriate accommodations.
Accommodations for ADHD include notetakers, alternative exam formats, including extended time and a private test area, part-time enrollment, and priority enrollment and/or registration assistance.