The College Board provides many different types of accommodations for students with disabilities whose requests have been approved by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Documentation is always required and must meet the College Board’s guidelines.
Go to: https://accommodations.collegeboard.org/documentation-guidelines/accommodations-documentation review the documentation required for the following common accommodations: Extended time, technology, extra/extended breaks, visual accommodations, and four-function calculators.
When students with disabilities request for accommodations they must submit two forms: Parent Consent Form & Student Eligiblity Form. The most efficient way to request accommodations is for students to work with their school to submit a request through SSD Online. However, families can submit a request without their school by submitting a paper Student Eligibility form directly to the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).
1. Student Has a Documented DisabilitySome examples of disabilities include blindness and visual impairments; learning disorders; physical and medical impairments, such as cerebral palsy and diabetes; and motor impairments. There are many others.
Students must have documentation of their disability, such as a current psychoeducational evaluation or a report from a doctor. The type of documentation needed depends on the student’s disability and the accommodations being requested. In some cases, documentation must be submitted to the College Board.
Seven Documentation Criteria
For the documentation you submit to be useful to us in making accommodations decisions, it should meet these criteria:
- The diagnosis is clearly stated.
- Information is current.
- Educational, developmental, and medical history is presented.
- The diagnosis is supported.
- The functional limitation is described.
- Recommended accommodations are justified.
- Evaluators’ professional credentials are established.
- Do provide detailed documentation supporting the student’s need for the specific accommodation requested, not only the student’s diagnosed disability.
- Don’t rely on doctor’s notes or IEPs. These are not sufficient to substantiate a request for accommodations. Conclusive statements without supporting information are not helpful.
- Do provide test scores, including subtest scores, where applicable.
Go to: https://accommodations.collegeboard.org/documentation-guidelines/disability-documentation to learn more about documentation required for various disabilities.