Documentation Guidelines

Recognizing the unique nature of disabilities and their impact on an individual, our guidelines explain the specific documentation a student needs to provide in order to be considered for services and accommodations.

Each student interested in seeking services through the Disability Resource Center should submit a complete intake packet. A complete intake packet consists of all elements of required documentation, including:

  • An evaluation or Disability Disclosure Form from a qualified professional (see disability-specific information below)
  • A Student Disclosure Form, completed by the student
  • Verification of any prior accommodations including an IEP, a 504 plan, or the private school equivalent. Student are also asked to submit SAT, ACT or IB accommodations and verification from other post-secondary institutions, if relevant.

Once we have a complete intake packet from the student, we will begin our review process.

Please find specific requirements listed under the following links:

  • ADHD – A copy of your most recent neuropsychological or psycho-educational testing report, preferably conducted in high school or later and based on adult-normed testing, that reflects the your present level of functioning and the current impact of ADHD on your academic performance. Depending on the age you were at the time of evaluation, you may be asked to provide a clinical update such as a letter or form from your treating clinician.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders – A copy of your most recent neuropsychological or psycho-educational testing report, preferably conducted in high school or later and based on adult-normed testing, that reflects the your present level of functioning and the current impact of ASD on your academic performance.  Depending on the currency and age of evaluation as well as any co-occurring disorders, you may be asked to provide a clinical update from your treating clinician.
  • Chronic Disorders – A Chronic Disclosure Form, completed by a treating clinician who has seen you within the last six months.
  • Hearing Loss – A copy of your most recent Audiological Evaluation or a Hearing Disclosure Form. The requirements for the age of the documentation are dependent upon the severity and stability of the condition.
  • Learning Disabilities – A copy of your most recent neuropsychological or psycho-educational testing report, preferably conducted in high school or later and based on adult normed testing, that reflects the your present level of functioning and the current impact of your disability on your academic performance. If you have co-occurring disorders, you may be asked to provide a clinical update from your treating clinician.
  • Mobility Impairments – A Mobility Disclosure Form, completed by a treating clinician who has seen you within the last six months. This form may need to be periodically updated for conditions that are likely to fluctuate.
  • Psychiatric Disorders – A Psychiatric Disclosure Form, completed by a treating clinician who has seen you in the last six months.   A report from a neuro-psychological or psycho-educational evaluation should also be submitted, if available.
  • Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury –  A report from a neurologist or other qualified health care professional. This report should include a diagnostic statement, reflect your current level of functioning, and describe what substantial impact/limitation(s) you experience due to your traumatic or acquired brain injury. Requirements for the age of the documentation are dependent upon the onset and stability of the condition and a clinical update may be required.
  • Vision Impairment – A Vision Disclosure Form. The requirements for the age of the documentation are dependent upon the severity and stability of the condition.

Additionally students should submit verification of any prior accommodations including IEP, 504 plans or their private schools equivalent.  Student are also asked to submit SAT, ACT or IB  accommodations and verification from other post secondary institutions if relevant.

Questions regarding the documentation guidelines may be directed to Debbi Auerbach, Service Coordinator (d.auerbach@northeastern.edu) or 617.373.4428.  You may also call the DRC’s front desk at 617.373.2675.