Neurological Disorders

Neurological or central nervous system disorders include dysfunctions centering on the brain and nerves.  Common neurological disorders include epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome, neuropathy, or neuralgia.  Many neurological disorders can cause mobility impairments, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and polyneuropathy.

The diagnosis should be made by a physician, surgeon, or other licensed medical professional with experience and expertise in the area of the student's medical condition.  The following guidelines will assist the professional in addressing the information the DRC needs to provide the student with appropriate accommodations. 

  1. Prepare documentation on professional letterhead, with the dates of assessment, signatures, and license numbers or credentials of the diagnosing professional.
  2. Provide a comprehensive diagnostic report and description of the illness or condition, including the appropriate ICD-9 code. Present a statement of the functional impacts or limitations on learning or other major life activity related to the disability. 
  3. Recommend accommodations and include a rationale that is related to the student’s limitations.
  4. Include relevant information concerning the effects of medications or treatments on the student and a prognosis of the condition.

The DRC also considers records of past accommodations and services in high school or other colleges when evaluating requests for accommodations.

 

Health Professionals – Detailed Guidelines

Comprehensive and detailed documentation enables the Disability Resource Center to determine appropriate accommodations for individual students on a case by case basis.  Please address the following items.

A clear diagnostic statement and date of diagnosis

A description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, tests and dates of administration, and/or a clinical narrative

A description of how the disability impacts the student and the severity of the functional limitations

This area forms one of the key elements for determining the severity of the patient’s disability on the patient’s ability to learn.  Please list all of this client’s symptoms (functional limitations) thus lending more support that the student’s disability impacts learning so that accommodations can be based on these symptoms or functional limitations.

Information on the cyclical or episodic nature of the disability and suspected environmental triggers to episodes

A description of current medications and any adverse side effects

Please list medications that may have side effects.  For example, some medications can make a person drowsy which could impact the speed for completing tasks which would support extended time for tests.

Recommendations for accommodations and support services that are logically related to the functional limitations (extended time on tests, low distraction environment, notetakers, etc.)

This last part provides logical support for accommodations based on the patient’s functional limitations (symptoms).  For instance, if the student has Crohn’s Disease the student may needs bathroom breaks they may need extra time on tests or breaks on tests where the clock stops or possibly breaks during class. For instance, if the student is noted to have “difficulty sustaining attention,” they may need assistance in taking notes in class or need audible textbooks.  Many students with ADHD must read materials several times to get the meaning.  If the student is “easily distracted by extraneous stimuli,” they may need a low distraction environment and/or additional time on tests. The more complete and detailed your report the better able we are in determining appropriate academic accommodations for your patient.          

Please return this information in a letter that is typed, dated, and on letterhead to the address listed below or fax it to (706)542-7719.

If you have any questions, please contact the intake coordinator at 706-542-8719.

Last revised on 3 August 2016

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