Qualified Practitioner

Who is qualified to provide information regarding a student’s disability?

Professionals conducting assessments, rendering diagnoses of specific disabilities and making recommendations for appropriate accommodations must be qualified to do so.  Comprehensive training with regard to the specific disability being addressed and direct experience with an adolescent and/or adult population are essential.  Providers/evaluators must be impartial individuals who are not family members of the student.  The name, title and professional credentials of the provider/evaluator, including information about license or certification (i.e. Licensed psychologist), the area of specialization, employment and state/province in which the individual practices should be clearly stated in the documentation and accompanied by the date and signature of the provider/evaluator.

The following guidelines related to provider/evaluator qualifications for the evaluation of specific conditions are offered:

Condition

Qualified to Evaluate

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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Psychologists; neuropsychologists; psychiatrists; neuropsychiatrists; other relevant trained medical doctors, clinical social workers, licensed counselors and psychiatric nurse practitioners

Chronic and Degenerative Disorders (including Mobility Impairments)
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Physicians; neurologists; other medical specialists with experience and expertise in the area for which accommodations are being requested

Hearing Impairments

Physicians; otolaryngologists; audiologists

 

Psychiatric/Psychological Disorders
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Licensed clinical psychologists; licensed clinical social workers; psychiatrists; neuropsychologists; neuropsychiatrists; other relevantly trained medical doctors and psychiatric nurse practitioners

Temporary Disabilities (including recent concussions)
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Physicians; neurologists; Assumption College’s sports medicine practitioners; other medical specialists with expertise in the area for which accommodations are being requested

Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury
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Medical doctors; neuropsychologists; psychiatrists; licensed clinical rehabilitation, and school psychologists ; Assumption College’s sports medicine practitioners

Visual Impairments

Ophthalmologists; optometrists may provide information regarding the measurement of visual acuity as well as tracking and fusion difficulties