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Psychiatric Disabilities
  • A specific, current psychiatric diagnosis as per the DSM-IV-TR which indicates the nature, frequency and severity of the symptoms upon which the diagnosis was predicted. A diagnosis without an explicit listing of current symptoms is not sufficient.
  • Primary and secondary Axis I and Axis II diagnoses are required, and a measure of functioning using the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (GAF) is highly recommended.
  • Prescribed medications, dosages and schedules which may influence the types of accommodations provided.
  • The documentation should indicate the substantial limitations to major life activities, how these limitations would impact the academic context for which accommodations are requested, how the specific effects of the disability may be accommodated and how the effects of the specific psychiatric disability are mediated by the recommended accommodations.
  • The report should be on letterhead, typed, dated, signed and include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator.