Learning Disabilities

Documentation should be:

  • Current (i.e., within one year)
  • From a qualified impartial professional (clinical/educational psychologist, school psychologist, or learning disability specialist) with experience and expertise in the area for which accommodations are
    being requested; documentation cannot be from a family member
  • On letterhead (name, license/certification/degree, area of specialization, employment, address, phone) with the medical provider’s signature, credentials, and date

Documentation should include the following as relevant to the request:

  • A clear diagnostic statement of the disability
  • Current testing, including diagnostic interview discussing the presenting problem, symptoms and behaviors; developmental, academic, family, and relevant medical history
  • Adult-level assessments, including standardized scores/percentiles; neuropsychological or psychoeducational testing results which meet diagnostic criteria for specific disability, including evaluation instruments / procedures, and cognitive and achievement measures
  • Alternative diagnoses / explanations ruled out (consideration of medical, psychiatric, and educational factors)
  • Discussion of the extent to which the learning disability substantially limits the student’s performance in a postsecondary environment
  • Recommendations for educational compensation strategies, if applicable
  • Specific recommendations for accommodations and services that would facilitate the student’s reasonable and appropriate access to the College’s academic programs, including rationale for each accommodation

Important Notes

Doctor’s excuses on prescription pads and handwritten letters are not sufficient for documentation of disability.

Documentation will be kept confidential and will be utilized only to determine the student’s eligibility for accommodations or services, and the type of accommodation or level of service required.

Emerson College reserves the right to determine the adequacy of the documentation provided and the right to require additional or other information as determined necessary by Emerson College to complete its consideration of the request.

Please send documents to:

Director of Student Accessibility Services
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

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