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Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Ammendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities are guaranteed certain protections and rights to equal access to programs and services. In order to establish that an individual is covered under the ADAAA and/or Rehabilitation Act, documentation must be submitted, indicating that the disability substantially limits one or more major life activities, by prohibiting or significantly restricting an individual's ability to perform a major life activity as compared to the ability of the average person in the general population to perform the same activity.
(see Disability Laws).
In order to apply for reasonable accommodations for a specific learning disability, the student must obtain documentation from a qualified evaluator (see below) and submit a copy to Student Disability Services. The student is also responsible for obtaining additional information or testing when requested. If co-existing learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated, further assessment by a qualified evaluator may be required.
The provision of all reasonable accommodations and services is based upon the current and substantial impact of the disability on academic functioning. A prior history of accommodations without demonstration of current need does not guarantee the provision of like accommodations. If no prior accommodations have been provided, the evaluator must include an explanation as to why, and why accommodations are necessary now.
The following guidelines are provided to ensure documentation validates the existence of a specific learning disability and substantial impact on the individual's educational performance, as well as meets Colorado School of Mines criteria for reasonable accommodations. The final determination of appropriate accommodations rests with Student Disability Services and is based on a review of the provided documentation. All information obtained in diagnostic and medical reports will be maintained and used in accordance with applicable confidentiality requirements.
Evaluators qualified to make this diagnosis and recommend accommodations must hold a degree in a field related to diagnosis of specific learning disabilities and have at least one year of diagnostic experience with late adolescents and adults. This can be certified and/or licensed psychologists; learning disabilities specialists; educational therapists; and diagnosticians in public schools, colleges, and rehabilitation services.
The documentation must include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about licensure and/or specialization. It is not appropriate for professionals to evaluate members of their own families. All evaluation reports must be typed on letterhead, signed, and dated.
Documentation must substantiate the need for accommodations in the post-secondary setting. Therefore, it should be no older than three years. A Summary of Performance (SOP) is required. A school plan such as an IEP or a 504 Plan is insufficient in and of itself but can be included as part of a more comprehensive evaluative report. NOTE: Individual "learning deficits", "learning styles", and "learning differences", do not, in or of themselves, constitute a learning disability. Comprehensive testing must include a measure of both aptitude and achievement in the areas of reading, mathematics, and written language. Documentation must include the following:
1. Diagnostic interview
2. Ability/cognitive testing
3. Academic achievement testing
4. Information processing testing
5. Other testing
6. Test scores
7. Specific diagnosis
1. A clear statement that a learning disability is present along with the rationale for this diagnosis.
2. All scores which support the diagnosis.
3. A statement of strengths that will impact the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary environment at the Colorado School of Mines.
The recommendation of reasonable accommodations must be appropriate for the postsecondary level and Colorado School of Mines, and must be supported by the diagnosis. If extended test/quiz and/or lab time is recommended, the amount of time must be specified. Rationale must be given for each recommendation.
Documentation should be sent to: Student Disability Services, Student Development and Academic Services, Colorado School of Mines, 1600 Maple Street, Suite 8, Golden, CO 80401
Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a review of your request and documentation.