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Head Injury/Acquired Brain Injury

Head injury or acquired brain injury is considered a medical or clinical diagnosis.  Individuals qualified to render a diagnosis for these disorders are practitioners who have been trained in the assessment of head injury or traumatic brain injury.  Recommended practitioners include: physicians; neurologists; licensed clinical, rehabilitation, and school psychologists; neuropsychologists and psychiatrists.  The diagnostician must be an impartial individual and not a family member of the student.

Documentation should include the following:

1.  A clear statement of the head injury or traumatic brain injury and the probable site of lesion.

2. The current impact the head injury has on the student's functioning (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student and the student's specific request for accommodation(s).

3. A summary of cognitive and achievement measures used and evaluation results including standardized scores or percentiles used to make the diagnosis.

4. A summary of present residual symptoms which meet the criteria for diagnosis.

5. Medical information relating to student's needs to include the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary learning environment.

6. A statement of the functional impact or limitations of the disability on learning or other major life activity and the degree to which it impacts the individual in the learning context for which accommodations are being requested.


The Rights of the University and the Campus Access Services Office

The University of New Haven reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of documentation submitted and requests for accommodation(s) on a case-by-case basis, using the professional judgment of the Campus Access Services staff and/or the Housing/Dining/Parking Modification Committee. Additional information may be requested to determine eligibility.

Relevant information regarding the student's disability may be shared those who have a legitimate educational interest.

Diagnostic information regarding the student's disability may be shared with the Housing/Dining/Parking Modification Committee.