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Learning Disabilities

Documentation Requirements

The information below, based off of the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) guidelines, are used to determine a student’s eligibility for academic accommodations in Liberty University Online Classes under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the policies of the ODAS office.  Students requesting academic accommodations from the Liberty University Online Office of Disability Academic Support are required to submit a notification of need form. Furthermore, they are required to submit documentation of a disability in order to verify their eligibility for academic accommodations. The evaluator’s report must document a disability as defined by the ADA as “a substantial limitation of a major life function.”

Currency:  Since any academic accommodations given to a student are based upon the present effect of the disability on the student, medical documentation used to request accommodations must be no more than 5 years old. IEP’s are not able to be accepted as substantiating medical documentation unless the specific testing results are included. It is preferred that this testing is done when the student is an adult and be focused on a postsecondary degree level.

Diagnostician Qualifications: Professionals qualified to diagnose learning disorders must have training in differential diagnosis and experience with both adolescents and adults with learning disabilities.  While the list below is not exhaustive, the following professionals are considered qualified:

  • Learning Disabilities Specialists
  • Educational Therapists
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Specialists
  • Neuropsychologists

We request that the evaluator completing this assessment be unrelated to the student and include his/her license number.

Comprehensive Assessment:

The comprehensive assessment to be administered when testing for learning disorders must include at least one assessment from each of the following areas: 

  • Aptitude
  • Achievement
    • Reading Achievement
    • Mathematics Achievement
    • Written Language Achievement

Preferred tests include Woodcock Johnson, Wechsler Individual Achievement Tests, and Scholastic Abilities Tests for Adults, as well as specific tests for each achievement area, such as the Nelson Denny Reading Skills Test, the Test of Mathematical Abilities (TOMA), and the Test of Written Language (TOWL). The above list is not exhausted and is not meant to limit an evaluator’s testing in any way. The evaluator should include information regarding any other testing areas that may have an impact of the academic success of the student. Furthermore, the tests listed are simply suggestions. Other recognized, scholarly test results will be accepted as well. However, please note that the WRAT will not be accepted as the only achievement measurement taken.

Diagnostic Report and Summarization:  Please note: A student’s individual learning style, learning differences, and/or learning disorders do not, by themselves, indicate a learning disability. The diagnostic report and summary must include, but is not limited to, the following information:

  1. A summary of the diagnostic interview.
  2. Standard scores or percentiles of any testing given. These scores must disclose a substantial limitation to learning in the specific areas that a learning disability is being diagnosed for the student.
  3. Information pertaining to any relevant medical, psychological, educational, behavioral, or familial history that may impact the student academically, as well as current information from these areas as well.
  4. Information regarding patterns in the student's cognitive achievement.
  5. A clear, direct statement of any current major life functions limited by the student's condition.
  6. Suggestions (from the evaluator) for specific accommodations to be administered on behalf of the student in a postsecondary academic setting that are supported by the student's testing results and subsequent diagnosis.

Other Requirements: This summary must:

  1. Be written on evaluator letterhead.
  2. Be signed and dated by the evaluator.
  3. Include specific dates of testing.
  4. Include professional credentials.
  5. Include contact information for the evaluator.

Submission Information:

Documentation can be sent to the following:

  • Fax (preferred): 1-800-628-7977, Attention LUO ODAS
  • Email (.pdf attachment complete with signature): luoodas@liberty.edu
  • Address:

Liberty University Online ODAS
1971 University Blvd., Green Hall
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Note: Medical Documentation will be reviewed periodically for all current students. Students may be asked to provide updated medical documentation for conditions that may change over time and whose medical documentation is past the required currency at the time of the review. Students are also encouraged to send in medical documentation when changes in their medical condition occur.

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