All students must meet the requirements for admission to Simmons University. A student with a disability needs to meet qualifications set by Disability Services for accommodations or services. To receive services, each student with a disability must first provide appropriate documentation of his/her disability from a medical and licensed professional. 

Documentation must be current and speak to the present condition and needs of the student. What constitutes current varies based upon the specific disability. Typically, Learning Disorders or Attention Disorders must have documentation of testing within the last three years. Psychiatric Disorders require documentation within the last year, and may require regular updates if the condition changes. Permanent physical disorders may not require recent testing or documentation as long as the condition has remained stable and older documentation accurately describes the current state of the student's condition and needs. Sensory disorders that are progressively degenerative in nature require the most recent evaluation of a professional possible. 

Simply having a diagnosis does not automatically qualify a student for services. The student must present documentation that shows a specific need created by the diagnosis. Under the ADAA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he or she has: (a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities (b) has a record of such impairment or (c) is regarded as having such impairment.

Examples of Major Life Activities, include but are not limited to:

  • walking
  • standing
  • seeing
  • speaking
  • hearing
  • sitting
  • breathing
  • reading
  • learning
  • thinking
  • performing manual tasks

Simmons provides accommodation services for students with disabilities in any of the following areas:

  • Attention Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
  • Sensory Disabilities (Blind, Low Vision, Deaf, Hard of Hearing)
  • Health or Systemic Disorders (Diabetes, Cancer, digestive conditions, blood and cardiac conditions, respiratory conditions, neurological disorders, etc.)
  • Physical or Mobility Disorders
  • Learning Disorders (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysphonia, etc.)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury related disorders
  • Psychiatric Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, etc.)
LD and ADD/ADHD Testing Resources

Students whose documentation is out of date or who have never been officially diagnosed may seek testing from an outside professional. Simmons University does not provide testing or diagnostic services to students. It is the responsibility of the student to provide appropriate documentation to the university in order to be eligible for accommodations. Any testing needed is at the student's own expense.

Simmons University is able to provide contact and referral information for some professionals in the area who provide neuropsychological testing. These referrals are not meant as the only approved professionals, rather, they are simply a list of professionals that have worked with Simmons students in the past and have provided accurate testing. There are many qualified professionals in the area. Students may work with any appropriate professional that they choose.

Psycho-educational testing can be expensive and may not be covered by insurance. It is important to consult with your insurance provider to review your benefits. Simmons can make no guarantee of financial assistance to cover the costs of testing. 

It is important to remember that testing does not guarantee that the student will be eligible for accommodations. Testing results must indicate a significant need for accommodation and provide justification for any specific accommodation request. Determination of accommodations is ultimately up to the discretion of the Disability Services Office.