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Documentation for Attention Disabilities

Although the more generic term Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is frequently used, the official nomenclature used in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV) or successive editions, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), will be used in this document.

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.

Documentation should include:

  • A DSM-IV/V or ICD diagnosis of ADHD
    • Assessments should be performed at the adult level, however child level testing performed within 5 years of submission will 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.
  • Information on any medications being used and their side effects.
  • 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 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 Documentation may be uploaded directly into their Application [MyAccess application], emailed to, faxed to 509-335-8511 (confidential fax), or mailed:

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