• Documentation Criteria

    A diagnosis of a disorder/condition/syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations.

    It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the Office of Disability Services and to provide appropriate documentation of the disability and related functional limitations for which they are requesting accommodations. In order to meet the adult criteria of "disability" under federal law a person must provide documentation of how their significant impairment "substantially limits" one or more life activities. Information concerning a student's disability is treated in a confidential manner in accordance with University policy as well as applicable federal and state laws. Hardin-Simmons University is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and follows the Association's guidelines for documentation of a disability.

    The following documentation guidelines are used to verify the student's disabling condition(s):

    • A clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed, information about the functional impact, and suggestions of appropriate accommodations.
    • Provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated.
    • All documentation must be on official letterhead, typed and signed by the professional. Diagnosis written on prescription pads, handwritten, or stamped with a signature will not be accepted
    • Common sense and discretion will be used in accepting older documentation of conditions that are permanent or non-varying. Non-permanent conditions need to be supported with recent (within the last 3 years) documentation.

    Note: An IEP or 504 Plan from the public school system may not be sufficient documentation of a disability for accommodations at the college level. If the plan does not identify a connection between the disability and the accommodations requested, additional documentation may be requested.

    Professional Assessment

    Below is a partial list of local service providers who advertise as qualified professionals in the Abilene area that conduct assessments, render diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, and make recommendations for accommodations for students. The office of Disability Services at Hardin-Simmons University does not endorse any particular service provider. Addresses and phone numbers are subject to change.

    Before selecting a qualified professional, ask what his/her credentials are, what experience he/she has had working with adults with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders, and if he/she has ever worked with the office of Disability Services at Hardin-Simmons University. If he/she has not, you may want to forward them the documentation criteria.

    After the assessment has been completed, request a written copy of the assessment report as well as make an appointment to discuss the results and recommendations with the professional. Be sure to request additional resources if needed, and always keep a personal file of all your files and records.

    In order to obtain accommodations at Hardin-Simmons University, a copy of the report along with an application should be submitted to the office of Disability Services. Please allow 15 university working days for process of your application.

    Abilene Area

    Service Provider Address Phone Number
    Abilene Christian University
    Psychology Clinic
    1750 Campus Center Rd Abilene, TX 79699 325-674-4826
    Stacia Ellison, M.Ed., LPC, NCC 2501 Maple St Abilene, TX 79602 325-795-3812
    Robert Kesler, SSP, NCSP, LPA 4755 Hartford St. Abilene, TX 79605 325-513-6277


    Greater Texas Area

    Service Provider Address Phone Number
    Dr. Courtney Aberle 100 Highland Village, Suite 320 Dallas, TX 214-521-8969
    Psychology Testing of Austin 4534 Westgate Boulevard #112 Austin, TX 512-553-1563
    Tarnow Center for Self-Management 1001 W. Loop South #215 Houston, TX 713-621-9515
    Dr. Robert A. Zachary, PhD 21 Lynn Batts Lane, Suite 11 San Antonio, TX 210-829-1994
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