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When submitting documentation of a disability, please ensure that complete records, including test results and/or medical documentation, are submitted. We recommend that test results be no more than three years old and performed using adult instruments. Should you have questions about what to submit, you may consult with the Director of Wellness Services.

Physical Disabilities 
Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities 
Learning Disabilities 
Attentional Disabilities 

Physical Disabilities

A student with a physical disability is to provide current and comprehensive documentation verifying a disabling condition from a licensed health care professional who is qualified in the diagnosis of the disability. The diagnosis must: a) specify the medical diagnosis and include medical reports, relevant medical history and any other helpful medical records or data; b) describe in detail the functional limitation(s) created by the diagnosis; and c) describe the recommended accommodation(s).

The student is to present the verified documentation to the Director of Wellness Services prior to obtaining accommodations and services. The cost of obtaining the professional verification is the student's responsibility.

Verification Criteria for Students with Physical Disabilities

To verify the physical disability and its severity and to ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services, The Boston Conservatory requires a student to provide current and comprehensive documentation of the physical disability, its impact on the student's education, and recommended accommodations. To standardize the gathering of the information, we ask that the Student's Evaluator answer the following questions:

  • Diagnosis.
  • Date of diagnosis.
  • Date of last clinical contact with student.
  • Approximate duration of disorder.
  • Severity of disorder.
  • Procedures used to establish diagnosis.
  • If student has previously been identified as disabled, describe the accommodations or services provided.
  • Describe the student's functional limitations in an educational setting.
  • Describe particular procedures used to assess these limitations.
  • Provide specific recommendations for accommodations (based on your assessment, the student's clinical and academic history, and diagnosis).
  • Provide any additional helpful information.

For further questions regarding the verification and documentation of physical disabilities, please contact Nicole Bihler, Director of Wellness Services, located in the Student Center in the lower level of 24 The Fenway. The phone number is (617) 912-9260 and the email address is nbihler@bostonconservatory.edu.

Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities

A student with a psychiatric/psychological disability is to provide current and comprehensive documentation verifying a disabling condition from a licensed health care professional who is qualified in the diagnosis of the disability. The diagnosis must: a) specify the medical diagnosis and include medical reports, relevant medical history and any other helpful medical records or data: b) describe in detail the functional limitation(s) created by the diagnosis; and c) describe the recommended accommodation(s).

The student is to present the verified documentation to the Director of Wellness Services prior to obtaining accommodations and services. The cost of obtaining the professional verification is the student's responsibility. 

Verification Criteria for Students with Attentional Disabilities

To verify the psychiatric/psychological disability and its severity and to ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services, The Boston Conservatory requires current and comprehensive documentation of the disability, its impact on the student's education, and recommended accommodations. To standardize the gathering of information, we ask that the Student's Evaluator answer the following questions:

  • DSM or ICD diagnosis (text and code).
  • Date of diagnosis.
  • Date of last clinical contact with student.
  • Approximate duration and prognosis of disorder.
  • Describe the student's functional limitations in an educational setting.
  • Provide specific recommendations for accommodations (based on your assessment, the student's clinical and academic history, and diagnosis).
  • Is student on medication? If so, provide medication history.
  • Provide any additional helpful information.
  • Student Evaluator information including: name and professional title, area of specialty, address, phone and fax numbers

For further questions regarding the verification and documentation of psychiatric/psychological disabilities, please contact Nicole Bihler, Director of Wellness Services, located in the Student Center in the lower level of 24 The Fenway. The phone number is (617) 912-9260 and the email address is nbihler@bostonconservatory.edu.

Learning Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities who wish to receive academic accommodations must provide current documentation from a qualified professional trained in the diagnosis of learning disabilities that: a) supports the learning disability diagnosis; b) describes the functional limitations resulting from the learning disability; and c) makes recommendations for special accommodations. This information should be typed on professional letterhead and should include the licensing information of the learning disabilities specialist who made the diagnosis.

The student is to present the documentation to the Director of Wellness Services prior to obtaining accommodations and services. The cost of obtaining the professional verification is the student's responsibility.

The diagnosis of a learning disability should be based on multiple forms of evidence (i.e., standardized test results, informal assessment results, observational data, historical data). Evidence should be precise, objective, valid and acceptable within the field. Conflicting data should be acknowledged and objectively weighed. Alternative explanations for lower than expected performance (e.g., motivation, lack of prior learning opportunities, low aptitude, or other disabilities) should be considered (and ruled out) when making the diagnosis of a learning disability. 

Verification Criteria for Students with Attentional Disabilities

To verify the learning disability and its severity and to ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services, The Boston Conservatory requires a student to provide current and comprehensive documentation of the disability, its impact on the student's education, and recommendations for accommodations.

To standardize the gathering of information, we ask that the Student Evaluator answer the following questions:

  • DSM or ICD diagnosis (text and code).
  • Date of diagnosis.
  • Date of last clinical contact with student.
  • Approximate duration of disorder.
  • Severity of disorder.
  • Describe procedures used to establish diagnosis.
  • Describe symptoms or test finds which support the diagnosis.
  • If this student has previously been identified as disabled, describe the services provided.
  • Describe the extent to which the learning disability substantially limits the student’s performance in the academic setting (e.g., taking of examinations).
  • Provide specific recommendations for accommodations (based on assessment, student's clinical and academic history, and diagnosis).
  • Is this student currently on medication? If so, provide medication history.
  • Provide any additional helpful information.
  • Student Evaluator information including: name and professional title, area of specialty, address, phone and fax numbers.

For further questions regarding the verification and documentation of learning disabilities, please contact Nicole Bihler, Director of Wellness Services, located in the Student Center in the lower level of 24 The Fenway. The phone number is (617) 912-9260 and the email address is nbihler@bostonconservatory.edu

Attentional Disabilities

Students with attentional disabilities (ADD/ADHD) who wish to receive academic accommodations must provide current documentation from a qualified professional trained in the diagnosis of attentional disabilities that: a) supports the learning disability diagnosis; b) describes the functional limitations resulting from the attentional disability; and c) makes recommendations for special accommodations. This information should be typed on professional letterhead and should include the licensing information of the attentional disabilities specialist who made the diagnosis.

The student is to present the documentation to the Director of Wellness Services prior to obtaining accommodations and services. The cost of obtaining the professional verification is the student's responsibility.

The diagnosis of an attentional disability should be based on multiple forms of evidence. Evidence should be precise, objective, valid and acceptable within the field. Conflicting data should be acknowledged and objectively weighed. Alternative explanations for lower than expected performance (e.g., motivation, lack of prior learning opportunities, low aptitude, or other disabilities) should be considered (and ruled out) when making the diagnosis of an attentional disability.

Verification Criteria for Students with Attentional Disabilities

To verify the attentional disability and its severity and to ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services, The Boston Conservatory requires a student to provide current and comprehensive documentation of the disability, its impact on the student's education, and recommendations for accommodations.

To standardize the gathering of information, we ask that the Student Evaluator answer the following questions:

  • DSM or ICD diagnosis (text and code).
  • Date of diagnosis.
  • Date of last clinical contact with student.
  • Approximate duration of disorder.
  • Severity of disorder.
  • Describe procedures used to establish diagnosis.
  • Describe results of interviews, attentional rating scales and psychoeducational assessments.
  • Describe presenting symptoms and behaviors.
  • If this student has previously been identified as disabled, describe the services provided.
  • Describe the extent to which the attentional disability substantially limits the student’s performance in the academic setting (e.g., taking of examinations).
  • Provide specific recommendations for accommodations (based on assessment, student's clinical and academic history, and diagnosis).
  • Is this student currently on medication? If so, provide medication history.
  • Provide any additional helpful information.
  • Student Evaluator information including: name and professional title, area of specialty, address, phone and fax numbers.

For further questions regarding the verification and documentation of attentional disabilities, please contact Nicole Bihler, Director of Wellness Services, located in the Student Center in the lower level of 24 The Fenway. The phone number is (617) 912-9260 and the email address is nbihler@bostonconservatory.edu.

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