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Documentation Guidelines: ADD/ADHD

In order to ensure that students with disabilities at Howard Community College will be able to receive appropriate and reasonable accommodations for their college classes, the college requests that students submit documentation to determine their eligibility for services.  These guidelines are provided to assist the student in obtaining complete and accurate documentation.  All documentation is confidential and will be secured in the office of Disability Services.  


  1. Documentation must include a medical or clinical diagnosis of ADD/ADHD based on the DSM-IV criteria and a description of past and present symptoms.

  2. The documentation must include the qualified professional’s name, title, professional credentials and affiliation. Professionals who are qualified to diagnose ADD/ADHD include psychiatrists, psychologists, medical doctors and neurologists trained and experienced in this area.

  3. The documentation must reflect current symptoms and level of functioning.

  4. Documentation should include the following:

    • Quantitative and qualitative information to support the diagnosis;
    • Summary and interpretation of assessment instruments (clinical interviews, behavioral checklists, observations, etc.);
    • Recommendations for prescriptive treatment, including medication;
    • Recommendations for academic accommodations; and
    • Evaluation as to if there is any possibility of a dual diagnosis.
  5. Neither a 504 plan nor an individualized educational plan (IEP) constitutes sufficient documentation, but either may be submitted along with a medical or clinical evaluation.

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