Your official diagnostic documentation must be from a licensed practitioner eligible to diagnose and treat your disability. It should include diagnosis, prognosis, and impact on academic performance.
A physician (i.e., otologist) or audiologist can document that a student is deaf or hard of hearing.
The age of documentation depends on the condition, the current status of the student, and the student's request for accommodations.
In addition, be sure your documentation includes the following:
A licensed psychologist, licensed specialist in school psychology, or an educational diagnostician can document learning disability.
A mental health professional licensed to treat mental disorders (i.e., physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist) can document that a student ha emotional or psychological disabilities, such as severe depression, panic disorder, or thought disorder.
Provide a clear statement of the disability, including the DSM-IV-TR diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms. Also describe the significant impact of this disability on any daily life activity (functional limitations).
A speech pathologist can document that a student has a speech disability.
A neurologist or neuro-psychologist can document that a student has a traumatic brain injury.
An ophthalmologist can document that a student is blind or has low vision.
An optometrist can provide information regarding visual acuity measurements as well as tracking and fusion difficulties that may include eye movement disorders, inefficiency in using both eyes together, misalignment of the eyes, lazy eye, focusing problems, visual sensory disorders, and motor integration.
A fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development also may provide therapy in treating the above optometric conditions.