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Documentation Required for Verification of Disability

In order to receive services at Cuesta College through Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS), a student must have a verified disability. The professional completing the Verification of Disability (VOD) form, must provide current documentation for review and determination of eligibility by a Cuesta College DSPS Specialist/Counselor. Documentation must be dated within 3 years of the request for accommodations, except in the case of Mobility Impairment and Psychological Disability when documentation must be within 90 days of the studentís request for service.

DISABILITY/ PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTATION
  If attending high school, most recent Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the following:

Acquired Brain Injury

  • Neurologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Physician

Cognitive rehabilitation report/neurological assessment/medical report documenting the disability

  • Description of the impact on cognitive functions or how able the student is to take in and remember new information and produce reports based on new learning.
  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations

Developmentally Delayed Learner

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist

Regional Center certification and/or psychological report (usually WAIS III or WISC III) documenting the disability

  • Standard scores and/or descriptions of adaptive behavior levels
  • Standard scores (not grade level equivalents nor percentile ranks) from recent academic achievement assessment (reading, spelling, math, etc.)
  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations

Hearing Impairment

  • Audiologist

Current audiogram documenting the disability

  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations
Learning Disability
  • Psychologist
  • College LD Specialist
  • Other Appropriate Professional

Psychological report documenting the disability

  • Cognitive ability test standard scores (usually the WAIS III or WISC III).
  • Achievement test standard scores (usually the WJ III).
  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations

Mobility Impairment

  • Physician
  • Nurse Practitioner

Medical report documenting the disability (within 90 days)

  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations

Psychological Disability

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • MFCC
  • MSW

Psychological report documenting the DSM Code and Axis (within 90 days)

  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations

Speech and Language Impairment

  • Speech and Language Pathologist

Speech/Language report documenting the disability

  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations

Visual Impairment

  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist

Current vision test documenting the disability

  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations

Other Disability

  • Appropriate Professional

Medical or professional report documenting the disability

  • Educational Limitations
  • Recommended Services/Accommodations

Cuesta College Disability Definitions

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