Documenting a Learning Disability

Documentation of a Learning Disability must be in the form of a Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation conducted within the past three years, although exceptions may be made if the evaluation was conducted when the student was 18 years of age or older.

This documentation should be faxed to the DLRC at 312.499.4290 or mailed to:

Disability and Learning Resource Center 
116 S. Michigan Ave., 13th floor
Chicago, IL 60603

The evaluation must address the following three areas:

  1. Aptitude: A complete intellectual assessment with all sub-tests and standard scores reported.

  2. Achievement: A comprehensive academic achievement battery with all sub-tests and standard scores reported. The assessment should address current levels of academic achievement with regard to reading, mathematics, and oral and written language.

  3. Information processing: Specific areas of information processing should be assessed, including short- and long-term memory, auditory and visual processing, and processing speed.

Documenting ADD/ADHD

Documentation of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder must also be comprehensive. Examples of appropriate forms of assessment include, but are not limited to: Clinical Interview, WAIS-III, Woodcock-Johnson III, Test of Variables of Attention, and ADHD Rating Scales. Present treatment and functional impact of the disability on the student's daily activities and academic performance must also be documented. Documentation forms should be completed by a qualified professional.

Click here for ADD/ADHD Documentation Form [PDF].

Documenting a Physical Disability

Documentation of physical disabilities must include a formal diagnosis, current symptoms, expected duration, and progression of the disability, as well as present treatment. In addition, the current functional impact of the disability on the student's daily activities and academic performance must be documented so that necessary accommodations can be determined. Documentation forms should be completed by a qualified professional.

Click here for Physical Disability Documentation Form [PDF].

Documenting a Sensory Disability

Documentation of sensory disability, such as Blind or Visually Impaired and Deaf or Hard of Hearing, should include a formal diagnosis, current symptoms, expected duration, and progression of the disability and should be completed by a qualified professional. In addition, documentation of specific information regarding the current functional impact of the disability on the student's daily activities and academic performance is preferred as it facilitates the determination of reasonable accommodations.

Click here for Sensory Disability Documentation Form [PDF].

Documenting a Psychological Disability

Documentation of psychological disabilities must include a formal diagnosis, current symptoms, expected duration and progression of the disability, as well as present treatment. In addition, the current functional impact of the disability on the student's daily activities and academic performance must be documented so that necessary accommodations can be determined. Documentation forms should be completed by a qualified professional.

Click here for Psychological Disability Documentation Form [PDF].

Accommodation Requests

If you are a student currently registered with the DLRC and have received accommodation letters for a prior semester and you are not requesting any changes, please complete the form below to request letters for the present semester.

*Students who are deaf or hard of hearing please use the DHH request form.

Accommodation Request Form

If you are a student currently registered with the DLRC and have received  deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) accommodations for a prior semester and you are not requesting any changes in services, please complete the form below to request services for the present semester.

D/HH Accommodations Request Form