Permanent Disabilities

Types and specific documentation required:

Learning Disability

Specific Learning Disability


  • Communication (ex. Nonverbal Learning Disorder)
  • Mathematics (ex. dyscalculia)
  • Reading (ex. Reading comprehension; dyslexia …)
  • Writing / written expression (ex. Dysgraphia)

Documentation (complete test and subtest results including standard scores and / or percentiles from reliable, valid, and standardized measures)

  • Intellectual assessment using complete and comprehensive battery
  • Complete achievement battery
  • Evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out

Speech Language Disorders

  • Specific diagnosis, including presenting problems
  • Developmental and educational history
  • Evidence that demonstrates current impact of a speech / language disorder on reading, written expression, and / or learning

Physical / Sensory Disability

Hearing Impairments (Deaf or Hard of hearing)

  • Most recent audiogram and / or
  • Evaluation of communication skills including
    • Speech
    • Reading
    • Receptive / expressive language skills

Medical conditions (ex. Diabetes and epilepsy)


  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Orthopedic impairments (Cerebral palsy, amputation, congenital birth defect …)


  • Specific diagnosis and age / date of onset
  • Current and / or prior course of medical treatment, including the impact of medical treatment specific to the student
  • Current and / or previous therapy outcomes (ex. Counseling, PT, OT …)
  • Current impact on student’s education (absences, reduced school schedule …)
  • Current impact on academic functioning (psychological or neuropsychological evaluations, grade reports, transcripts, and / or other standardized testing)

Vision Impairments


  • Blind
  • Sight cannot be corrected to “normal level” through glasses and/or contacts

Documentation required

  • Specific ocular diagnosis
  • Record of complete ocular examination from within the past 12 months
  • Results of a measure of reading (decoding, rate, and comprehension) if the diagnosed condition is purported to effect reading

Psychological Disability

General documentation requirements:

  • Age of onset and course of illness
  • Psychological tests used
  • History of treatment for the disorder
  • How the impairment affects functioning across settings

ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive or combined)

  • Evidence of early impairment
  • Evidence of current impairment, including presenting problem and diagnostic interview
  • Evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out
  • Results from valid, standardized, age-appropriate assessments
  • Number of applicable DSM-IV or DSM-V criteria and description of how they impair the individual

Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Adaptive behavior
  • Executive functioning
  • Attention
  • Mental health
  • Academic fluency

Psychiatric Disorder (ex. Mood / anxiety disorders, PTSD)

Emotional Behavioral Disorder (ex. Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder …)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Date of accident
  • Status and diagnosis
  • Current and / or previous therapy outcomes (ex. Counseling, PT, OT …)
  • Evidence of current, continued educational impairment relating to requested accommodations, supported by objective data (psychological / neuropsychological testing, observations, rating scales …)

Other Psychological / Cognitive Disability including Intellectual Disorder

  • Full Scale IQ required