The following professionals would generally be considered qualified to evaluate and
diagnose ADHD provided they have comprehensive training in the differential diagnosis
of ADHD and direct experience with an adolescent or adult ADHD population: psychologists,
neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and other relevantly trained medical doctors.
In most cases a diagnostic evaluation must have been completed within the past three
years OR must have been completed as an adult (18 years or older) and still be considered
current. If documentation is inadequate in scope or content, or does not address the
individual's current level of functioning and need for accommodations, re-evaluation
may be required.
Developmental history that is documented using independent sources, of appropriate
symptoms and problem behaviors across multiple settings. Possible data sources: past
evaluations, school records, teacher report.
Evidence of a current impairment is required. Include statements of the presenting
problem, diagnostic interview, and discussion (or ruling out) of the possibility of
dual diagnoses, alternative or coexisting mood, behavioral, neurological and/or personality
disorders as well as educational and cultural factors affecting the individual.
Test scores or subtest scores alone should not be used as a sole measure for the diagnostic
decision regarding ADHD. Checklists and/or surveys may supplement the diagnostic profile
but are not adequate for the diagnosis of ADHD and do not substitute for clinical
observations and sound diagnostic judgment. All data must logically reflect a substantial
limitation to learning for which the individual is requesting the accommodation. Also,
there must be clear evidence and documentation of interference with developmentally
appropriate academic, social or vocational functioning.
The report must include a specific diagnosis (DSM-5—ICD-10) of ADHD and an interpretative
summary specifying which. Information about medication prescribed and the side effects
of these medications, if any, should be included. Also, identify if specified limitations
persist even with medication.
Each accommodation recommended by the Evaluator must include a rationale and be correlated
with specific functional limitations determined through interview, observation or
testing. Include in the documentation any record of prior accommodations or auxiliary