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Head Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury

Documentation Requirements

Students requesting academic accommodations from the Liberty University Online Office of Disability Academic Support are required to first submit a notification of need form. Then, they are required to submit documentation of a disability in order to verify their eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and ODAS policies. 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 3 years old.

Diagnostician Qualifications: While the list below is not exhaustive, the following professionals are considered qualified to diagnose head injuries and traumatic brain injuries:

  • Neurologists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Licensed Physicians

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

Diagnostic Report and Summarization:  The diagnostic report and summary must include, but is not limited to, the following information:

  1. A clear, concise statement of the injury and the probable site of lesion, as well as information regarding what parts of the brain are affected and to what degree.
  2. Summary of assessment and cognitive and achievement measures used.
  3. Standard scores or percentiles of any testing given, if applicable.
  4. A clear, direct statement of any current major life functions limited by the student's condition, as well as a summary of any present symptoms the student is experiencing.
  5. 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., Campus North
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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