Students with Learning Disabilities: Basic Eligibility for Services
Individuals eligible for learning disability services at Kenyon College's Office of Disability Services must meet the following criteria. It should be noted, however, that in all cases, eligibility determination is made on a case-by-case basis.
Diagnosis must be made by a qualified professional, i.e., licensed school psychologist, licensed psychologist or learning disabilities/educational specialist.
All students must provide the Office of Disability Services (ODS) with a current diagnostic report that includes a specific statement of diagnosis, actual test scores and, if available, the most recent IEP & Multifactored Evaluation report (see Documentation Guidelines for specific guidelines regarding learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD and psychological disabilities).
The documentation must be based on a psycho-educational test battery that includes both intelligence/ability testing and educational/achievement testing. All test scores, including subtest scores, should be included.
For transfer students, the most recent copy of psycho-educational testing which validates the diagnosis is required. It is also recommended that these students provide written verification from the previously attended school that includes an account of the accommodations used. Eligibility for services at another postsecondary institution does not automatically make a student eligible for services at Kenyon College. Eligibility determination is made on a case-by-case basis.
A 504 Plan in and of itself does not substantiate a learning disability. A 504 Plan will be reviewed in conjunction with a comprehensive psycho-educational test battery on a case by case basis.
*There are several situations where individuals do not meet the eligibility criteria. They include but are not limited to:
1. Letters or reports used documentation from such professionals as medical doctors, optometrists or speech pathologists who have not administered a psycho-educational test battery to make a diagnosis.
2. Psycho-educational test reports that do not specifically state the individual is learning disabled.
3. A 504 Plan that is not supported by a diagnosis of a learning disability.