Autism Spectrum Disorders
Documentation guidelines for students with Autism Spectrum disorders
Some students with Autism Spectrum disorders are eligible for accommodations on College Board tests. Autism Spectrum disorders include:
- Autistic Disorder
- Asperger’s Disorder
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Not all students with Autism Spectrum disorders require accommodations on College Board tests. To be eligible for accommodations on College Board tests, a student with Autism Spectrum disorders must have documentation that meets the College Board's Guidelines for Documentation, including evidence of functional limitation. See:
The following additional guidelines are meant to assist students with Autism Spectrum disorders in submitting requests for accommodations.
- The documentation should demonstrate that a comprehensive assessment was conducted, and that a person with appropriate professional credentials made the diagnosis according to DSM–IV–TR guidelines.
- A summary of current symptomatology, treatment, and ongoing needs should be included. Documentation should provide a narrative summary of evaluation results with clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in the academic setting. A rationale for each accommodation, specifically as they pertain to the student's need for accommodation on College Board tests, should be included.
- A medical note is not sufficient evidence to support the need for numerous accommodations.
- In most cases, and particularly where extended time is requested, comprehensive cognitive and academic testing should be submitted. See Learning Disabilities for examples of commonly used tests and measures.
- Additional information, such as survey forms and direct teacher observation, can be included. Documentation that describes your continuing need for and consistent use of requested accommodations would be helpful.
- Accommodation needs change and are not always identified at the time of initial diagnosis. Conversely, a prior history of accommodation, without documentation of current need and consistent use, does not necessarily demonstrate eligibility for accommodation(s) on College Board tests.