Documentation Guidelines

Fisher College complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding access and release of student records and information.

Students who seek academic accommodations through the Office of Student Accessibility Services must complete the Disability Verification Form in addition to providing comprehensive diagnostic measures that document a disability. We request this information to determine eligibility and verify the appropriateness of a request for accommodation in compliance with ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Here are general guidelines for you and your provider to follow when documenting a disability:

  • Provide documentation for Learning Disabilities and ADHD, completed within the past 3 years from enrollment. An IEP is not sufficient documentation.

  • For psychiatric, physical, medical, traumatic brain injury and vision/hearing impairments, please provide a clinical summary/evaluation, completed within the past 6 months from enrollment. An IEP is not sufficient documentation.

  • Documentation of Learning Disabilities must include Neuropsychological and/or Psychoeducational testing. This includes a cognitive measure (ie. Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale) and a measure of achievement that assesses reading, mathematics, written expression, and oral language (ie. Woodcock-Johnson). Scores and all Subtest results must be included in the documentation.

  • Diagnostic measures/documentation must be on letterhead, dated, signed and include the professional's name, title, organization, license or certification.
Include in all documentation:

1) A specific diagnosis and a description of how it substantially limits a major life activity
2) A description of assessment procedures, current symptoms, and fluctuations in condition that affects any academic demands
3) The licensed professional's recommendation for accommodations that are specific to the disability


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