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To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services in a timely manner, students interested in receiving accommodations must:

  • Complete a Self-Disclosure
  • Submit current and relevant disability documentation (documentation can be uploaded to the self-disclosure form OR sent directly to Disability Services)

Eligibility for disability-related accommodations at Pennsylvania College of Technology requires current documentation of the disability, verifying:

  • the nature of the disability
  • history/experience of disability
  • functional impact in an academic environment
  • the need for specific accommodations

Disability-related records are confidential and are not part of the student’s academic file. Disability Services will review and consider all pieces of documentation submitted however the guidelines below outline disability-specific criteria that highlight functional areas of impact.

Submit Self-Disclosure & Documentation

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Documentation for ADD/ADHD should be from a qualified professional, who has NO personal relationship with the individual being evaluated, and should have been completed within the past 3 years or completed by age 18 or over. Documentation should include:

  • History of the disorder including onset, consistency, pervasiveness, and severity
  • Full report including a clear diagnostic statement ((DSM-IV TR or DSM 5)
  • Aptitude test including subtest scores from one of the following:
    (No abbreviated versions):
    • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III or WAIS IV)
    • Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Ability (WJ-III or WJ-IV)
    • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale
    • Kaufmann Intelligence Assessment Test
  • Achievement test including subtest scores from one of the following:
    • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-II or WIAT-III)
    • Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement (WJ-III or WJ-IV)
    • Scholastic Abilities Tests for Adults (SATA)
  • Summary page including result interpretation, and "ruling out" other psychological, psychiatric problems or learning disabilities, includes a description of the current functional limitations presented by the student in an academic environment
  • Recommendation and reason for academic accommodations thought to aid the student in compensating for the learning disorder

Learning Disabilities

Documentation for a learning disability should be from a qualified professional, who has NO personal relationship with the individual being evaluated, and should have been completed within the past 3 years or completed by age 18 or over. Documentation should include:

  • Full report including a clear diagnostic statement of the learning disability (DSM-IV TR or DSM 5)
  • Aptitude test including subtest scores from one of the following:
    (No abbreviated versions)
    • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III or WAIS IV)
    • Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Ability (WJ-III or WJ-IV)
    • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale
    • Kaufmann Intelligence Assessment Test
  • Achievement test including subtest scores from one of the following:
    • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-II or WIAT III)
    • Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement (WJ-III or WJ-IV)
    • Scholastic Abilities Tests for Adults (SATA)
  • Summary page including result interpretation and a description of the current functional limitations presented by the student in an academic environment
  • Recommendation and reason for academic accommodations thought to aid the student in compensating for the learning disorder

Physical Disabilities

Neurological, Musculoskeletal, Visual, Auditory, and Miscellaneous

Documentation for a physical disability should be on letterhead from a qualified professional and/or treating physician, who has NO personal relationship with the individual being evaluated, and should have been written within the past 12 months. Documentation should include:

  • History of the disorder including onset, severity, consistency, and pervasiveness
  • Diagnosis of the disability
  • Listing and results of tests used to support current diagnosis
  • A description of the current functional limitations presented by the student in an academic environment. May include mobility, manual dexterity, information retrieval, communication, and endurance
  • Medications currently prescribed and/or used for treatment, including potential side effects of the medication
  • Recommendations for academic accommodations thought to aid the student in compensation, including assistive devices and/or adaptive technology, and why recommended
  • Signature of the qualified professional/treating physician including professional credentials and date on which the diagnostic statement was written

Psychological/Psychiatric Disorders

Mood & Anxiety

Documentation for a psychological/psychiatric disorder should be on letterhead from a qualified professional and/or treating physician, who has NO personal relationship with the individual being evaluated, and should have been written within the past 12 months. Documentation should include:

  • History of the disorder including onset, consistency, pervasiveness, and severity obtained through a structured interview
  • Diagnosis using the DSM-IV TR or DSM-5 criteria and description of presenting characteristics
  • Listing and results of neuropsychological tests, rating scales, or psychological testing used to support current diagnosis
  • A description of the current functional limitations presented by the student in an
    academic environment
  • Medications currently prescribed and/or used for treatment, including potential side effects of the medication
  • Recommendation and reason for academic accommodations thought to aid the student in compensating, including assistive devices and/or adaptive technology
  • Signature of the qualified professional/treating physician including professional credentials and date on which the diagnostic statement was written

Notification of Eligibility

For academic accommodations, you will be notified by mail and Penn College email of eligibility for Disability Services' accommodations and/or services based on the documentation review. You are responsible for contacting the office to schedule an initial appointment with a member of the Disability Services staff. This should occur during the first few weeks of each semester to discuss the need for services and to obtain Course Accommodation Request forms. You are responsible for requesting your course accommodation forms to be sent to your course instructor each semester.

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