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Northwest utilizes the national Association on Higher Education for Disability and the Missouri Association for Higher Education and Disability's definitions of complete documentation that both establishes the individual as a person with a disability and provides a rationale for reasonable accommodations.
The LAP/S committee realizes that each individual and each disability is unique. The documentation required by the LAP/S Committee will vary according to the type of disability.
The Missouri Association for Higher Education and Disability's Transition Guidebook (click on Missouri College Guidebook: Transition for Students with Disabilities) contains a great deal of helpful information about transitioning from high school to college including information about documentation.
Examples of tests accepted for documentation of a learning disability include: WAIS, WJ -Cognitive, Stanford Binet, WIAT, WJ- Achievement. Other tests may be accepted if based upon adult norms.
A disability such as deafness can be verified by the results of an audiogram administered by an audiologist. Medical doctors' statements verify orthopedic impairments present at birth or as a result of later injuries.
Northwest does not provide the extensive medical and learning disability testing needed to document a disability. Students may request names of agencies and professionals who perform the in-depth assessment required for acceptable documentation from a LAP/S Committee member.
The LAP/S Committee reserves the right to request additional or more recent documentation at the student's expense.
Confidentiality will be maintained for all documentation related to the student's disabilities.