Along with an online application, the DSS Office will require students to submit additional forms of documentation. Included in this would be documentation from a treating professional. Other forms of supporting documentation may include scores from college entrance exams (ACT/SAT/GRE, etc.), transcripts, as well as verification of previous accommodations (accommodation letters from college entrance exams, IEPs, 504 Plans, letters from previous institutions).
The following Information is to help explain the type of documentation that required to establish a disability.
- A written report from a qualified professional that includes a specific diagnosis should be provided. However, a diagnosis alone does not automatically establish a disability nor indicate what accommodations are appropriate. Because of this, in addition to a diagnosis, an evaluation report should describe specifically how the diagnosis has affected the student in major life activities. The more thorough and detailed the information, the easier it is for DSS to understand the nature and impact of a disability and expedite the application. Incomplete documentation may result in a request for additional information.
- Information from qualified professionals must include their names and titles as well as the date(s) of evaluation.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) does not conduct diagnostic testing for learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD.
The DSS Office has developed guidelines for various conditions that students should carefully review and share with their treating professional.
- ADHD Documentation Guidelines
- Learning Disability Documentation Guidelines
- Physical Disability Documentation Guidelines
- Psychiatric Disability Documentation Guidelines
Please note that obtaining an evaluation does not guarantee that you will qualify for accommodations under the ADA or California law.