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Learning Disabilities

Documentation Guidelines for Learning Disabilities:

It is most helpful when students seeking accommodations for learning disabilities provide an evaluation report (such as a psychoeducational evaluation or neuropsychological assessment) that was completed no more than five years prior to the student's request for accommodations.

More current documentation is always preferred since it puts AccessibleNU-Q in a better position to determine reasonable accommodations and support. Nevertheless, it is generally not necessary for Northwestern's learning disability documentation purposes to update an evaluation after age 18. Diagnostic reports should be completed by qualified professionals, and it is preferred that they include the following minimum requirements:

AccessibleNU-Q's professional staff will review any documentation for diagnosis of a disabling condition and the functional limitations experienced by the student. The staff and student will meet to discuss and determine the appropriate academic accommodations for each student. If the documentation is unclear, it may be referred to other professionals on campus for review and recommendation.

Students who are requesting a substitution of a degree or course requirement need to provide documentation that the disability directly impacts their ability to fulfill the requirement. Although registered students with learning disabilities are generally not required to update or provide additional documentation during their tenure at Northwestern, additional documentation may be requested if students make accommodation requests that are not supported by the documentation on file or the interactive process in which AccessibleNU-Q staff and students engage.

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