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Pervasive Developmental Disorder Documentation Criteria

DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS (INCLUDES AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, ASPERGER’S DISORDERS, AND OTHERS)

A qualified professional must conduct the evaluation:

An evaluation must be conducted by a qualified professional. Professionals conducting assessments and rendering diagnoses should have appropriate training in diagnosing psychological/psychiatric disorders. The name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification should be clearly stated in the documentation. All reports should be on letterhead, dated signed, and otherwise legible.

Documentation should be current:

The provision of accommodations is based on assessment of the current impact of the student’s disabilities on his or her academic performance. Documentation that is outdated or inadequate in scope or content; does not address the student’s current level of functioning; or does not address changes in the student’s performance since the previous assessment was conducted may not support requested accommodations. When appropriate, additional supportive documentation will be requested.

Documentation necessary to substantiate a disability should include:

  • A specific diagnosis that conforms to DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition) criteria for Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified.
  • Current functional limitations on major life activities resulting from the Autism spectrum disorder to include but not be limited to: communication or language skills, social interaction, restricted, repetitive and/or stereotyped patterns of behavior and activities, sensory functioning and sensitivity to environmental conditions, and motor planning. Evidence to support the function limitations this statement may include aptitude testing, standardized tests of language skills, clinical and teacher observations, and standardized scales of symptoms related to autism. Recommendations for accommodations related to function and their rationale should be stated and any other strategies or services that may benefit the individual in a higher education environment.

Qualified Professionals include:

Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Psychiatrists and other relevantly trained medical doctors.