Access Center

Documentation for Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities are a group of neurologically based difficulties that negatively impact a student’s ability to demonstrate specific academic skills.  In the educational setting, these disabilities may interfere with speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling, or computation. Such difficulties are not a reflection on a student’s overall intellectual ability.

Students should submit the following information from their health care provider to the Access Center.

These guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that the evaluation and report are most useful for documenting eligibility and identifying appropriate academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids.

The documentation should include:

  • A DSM-IV/V or ICD diagnosis of a learning disability and/or clinically significant results as demonstrated in psycho-educational test scores.
    • If psycho-educational testing is included, it should be performed at the adult level.  However, child level testing performed within 5 years of submission may also be considered.
    • A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized scores if applicable.
  • A description of the current impact/limitations of the disability with specific focus on barriers to the educational environment.
  • Optional: Suggestions of academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids with supporting evidence may be included. The final determination for providing appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids rests with the WSU Access Center.

Documentation should be from a qualified healthcare provider and include:

  • Contact information
  • License number
  • Signature or electronic signature

Disability and medical information is confidential under FERPA and is not shared except where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to facilitate legitimate University processes, including granting appropriate accommodations, addressing direct threats, or investigating claims or charges.

Questions or concerns regarding documentation requirements can be directed to our staff at 509-335-3417 or access.center@wsu.edu. Documentation may be uploaded directly into their Application [MyAccess application], emailed to access.center@wsu.edu, faxed to 509-335-8511(confidential fax), or mailed:

217 Washington Building
PO Box 642322
Pullman, WA 99164-2322