Germanna Community College requires that the following criteria, consistent with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, version IV (DSM-IV ) be met in documenting ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in adults. DSM-IV criteria are to be used by individuals with appropriate current training and experience in diagnosis. Criteria should not be applied mechanically by untrained individuals, but should be summarized in a cohesive report supporting the diagnosis. Without such written documentation, a student will be unable to receive appropriate academic accommodations that may be critical for his/her success. If there are any questions regarding the required documentation, please contact the Coordinator of Disability Services, (540) 891-3019.
Listed below are the (7) criteria for accepting evaluations documenting ADD / ADHD
- Assessment on which documentation is based must have been completed no more than 3 years prior to the student’s application for academic assistance, OR must have been completed as an adult.
- Submit a reported history of symptoms of ADD/ADHD by age of seven that is corroborated by an independent source. Possible data sources: clinical interview, past psychological evaluations, parent report, teacher report, and behavior rating scale completed by parent.
- Self report of six or more current symptoms from DSM-IV criteria for ADD/ADHD. Possible data sources: clinical interview or behavior rating scales.
- Documentation of both childhood and current adult behavior on rating scales of ADD/ADHD symptoms that have appropriate age norms. Possible data sources: norm based behavior rating scales.
- Corroboration of current ADD/ADHD symptoms across multiple settings by two independent observers with knowledge of the student’s functioning (e.g., spouse, teacher, supervisor, coworker, and/or clinical observations). Possible data sources: significant other interview (in person or by telephone), behavior rating scale completed by significant other, classroom observations, or clinician observations.
- A report documenting clear evidence of interference with developmentally appropriate academic or social functioning.
- Schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, autism, or mental retardation are not the primary disability, nor are mood disorder, anxiety disorder, or substance abuse the primary cause of reported ADD / ADHD symptoms. Assessment of these differential diagnoses must be documented. Possible data sources: clinical interview, self-reported checklists of psychiatric symptoms, personality assessment measures
Please return documentation/evaluations to Win Stevens.