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Tacoma Community College Access Services Documentation Policy

In order for a student to receive an educational accommodation due to the presence of a disability, documentation from a professional service provider must be obtained. Professional providers may include, but not necessarily be limited to, those identified below:                               

Disability CategoryProfessional Provider
ADD ADHDPsychologist/Psychiatrist
Emotional disabilityPsychologist/Psychiatrist 
Auditory disabilityCertified Otologist, Audiologist
Visual disabilityOphthalmologist, Certified Optometrist
Learning disability Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Learning Disability Specialist 
Physical disabilityMedical Doctor, Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Surgeon, Doctor of Rehabilitation 
Chronic health impairmentMedical Doctor, Medical Specialist

Documentation from a professional service provider must be in writing, must be current within three years, and must include the following when appropriate:

  • A description of the student's disability and how he/she is affected educationally by the presence of the disabling condition.
  • Identification of any tests or assessments administered to the student. 
  • For students identified as having a specific learning disability, the assessment must be specific to the student, comprehensive, and include: 
    • Aptitude
    • Achievement
    • Assessment of the student's information processing capabilities, 
    • Raw data and interpretation of the data
    • Specific educational recommendations based on the data interpreted.
  • Effect on the student's ability to complete a course of study at TCC.
  • Suggestions for educational accommodations that will provide equal access to programs, services, and activities at TCC.

Determinations of eligibility for specifically requested accommodations by students will be made by Access Services and in conjunction with TCC's ADA/Section 504 Officer, as appropriate. Decisions will be based upon the documentation provided by and discussed with the student. TCC reserves the right to obtain clarification regarding the documentation if deemed necessary.

Disability Documentation Form

Student’s name:
Student's identified disability:
Description of the student's disability:
Educational effects of the disability:
Identification of any specific tests or assessments administered to the student and the results:
For students identified as having a specific learning disability:
Student's information processing capabilities:
Raw data and interpretation of the data:
Specific educational accommodations recommended to be provided based on the data interpreted:
Signature of Professional Provider:                                                  Date:

Name, Address,  Phone Number of  Professional Provider:

License (Tax ID#):   


Return to the office of Access Services in Bldg. 7, Tacoma Community College, 6501 S.19th St, Tacoma, WA 98466.

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