Students requesting means of equal access on the basis of a traumatic brain injury or brain insult should provide documentation from a qualified healthcare professional containing:

  • Thorough neuropsychological evaluation including assessment of the areas of attention, visuoperception/visual reasoning, language, academic skills, memory/learning, executive function, sensory, motor, and emotional status. Data should include subtest scores and percentiles.

  • Evidence of current impairment. A history of individual's presenting symptoms and evidence of behaviors that significantly impair functioning.

  • A diagnostic interview. The interview must contain self-report and third party information pertaining to: developmental history, family history, learning or psychological difficulties, relevant medical history, and a thorough academic history.

  • Evidence of alternative diagnoses or explanations ruled out. The documentation must investigate and discuss the possibility of dual diagnoses and alternative or coexisting mood, learning, behavioral, and/or personality disorders that may confound the diagnosis.

  • A specific psychological diagnosis as per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

  • A clinical summary which: (a) indicates the substantial limitations to major life activities posed by the disability, (b) describes the extent to which these limitations would impact the academic context for which accommodations are being requested, and (c) suggests how the specific effects of the disability may be accommodated, and (d) states how the effects of the disability are mediated by the recommended accommodations.

Kara James, Director, Disability Services
206 Bowman Hall,  802 South Broadway, Menomonie, WI  54751
Telephone:  715-232-2995    FAX:  715-232-2996    Email:

This guideline is not meant to be used exclusively or as a replacement for direct communication with the Disability Services staff regarding the individual nature of a disability. While submitted documentation meeting the above guidelines may be acceptable to the University of Wisconsin-Stout it is important to be mindful that it may or may not meet the documentation guidelines required of other academic or testing organizations.