Physical Dexterity/Mobility

GUIDELINES FOR DOCUMENTING PHYSICAL DEXTERITY/MOBILITY DISABILITIES


1. A Qualified Evaluator: Professionals using assessments to determine the diagnosis of physical dexterity or mobility disabilities must be qualified to do so. This should be a treating or diagnosing healthcare professional with expertise related to the individual’s condition. The documentation must meet the following criteria:


• include evaluator’s name, title, and professional credentials
• be present on the professional’s letterhead, typed, dated, signed, and legible
• evaluator may not be a family member


2. Documentation


Must be current: Reasonable accommodations are based on the current impact of a disability. It is critical that documentation describe an individual’s current level of functioning and need for accommodations. A full report from a treating healthcare professional completed within the past twelve months is considered current, unless the condition is permanent/unchanging. The documentation may need to be updated annually so that we can best accommodate the student.


Must be comprehensive: Physical dexterity and mobility issues include many conditions. Many conditions are changeable in nature. Documentation must therefore be thorough, giving a full picture of the individual, not simply a diagnosis. A diagnosis alone is not a basis for accommodation. Documentation must include:


• A discussion of:

 

  • history of presenting symptoms and relevant medical history
  • description of current impairment
  • summary of assessment and evaluation instruments
  • severity of disorder
  • treatment and medication history, including medication side effects
  • discussion of any assistive devices and technology used
  • status of the individual’s condition-static, improving, or degrading
  • expected progression of the condition over time


• A clear diagnosis of the physical dexterity/mobility disability
• The current limitations of the individual in an academic environment
• Appropriate and specific recommendations for accommodations in the academic environment


May include supporting information: In addition to a qualified evaluator’s report, other helpful documents such as records of previous accommodations, previous medical evaluations, and teacher or employer reports can assist in better understanding and accommodating the student with a physical dexterity/mobility disability.