A Note for Parents and Students

Here is a short explanation for you regarding the documentation requirements for non-apparent cognitive disabilities such as learning disabilities, psychological disabilities, and attention deficit disorder.

The documentation requirements that many postsecondary institutions have for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder are often quite different from those required by the K–12 system. Postsecondary institutions need a clear statement of disability and its current effect on the student in an educational setting. Starting college is a good time to obtain a clear, comprehensive, current, and age- appropriate diagnostic report. You may want to request such an evaluation through your school during your senior year of high school.

In order for the Office of Disability Services to require an instructor to allow a student to have an academic variance (such as extended test times), which is not given to other students, we must have up to date information regarding a student’s disability. We are often asked to verify an accommodation request for national standardized tests such as the PPST, GRE, LSAT, or the NTE. These agencies have very specific requirements for what constitutes a disability, i.e., a condition that substantially limits a major life activity. We cannot verify these requests without the proper documentation in our files.

To that end, we suggest that you start this documentation process as soon as possible so if any re-testing is necessary there will be ample time to complete the process before high school graduation. A good starting point is to complete the WSU Documentation of Learning Disability/ ADD form completed by a person qualified to diagnose a learning disability or ADD.

If you have any questions regarding this note, you may contact the Director of Disability Services by email at grady.landrum@wichita.edu or by phone at 316-978-3309.