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Criteria for Disability Documentation

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 state that qualified students with disabilities who meet the technical and academic standards of Keiser University may be entitled to reasonable accommodations. Under these laws a disability is defined as any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity. The program for students with disabilities at Keiser University does not provide disability documentation for students.  It is a student’s responsibility to provide appropriate documentation to this office and to request adjustments/accommodations. Appropriate documentation should be current, relevant, and meet the following criteria:

Health Condition, Mobility, Hearing, Speech or Visual Impairment

An evaluation report from a licensed treating medical doctor, orthopedic specialist, audiologist, speech pathologist, ophthalmologist, or other licensed professional as appropriate, which must include:

  • Clearly stated diagnosis, ruling out alternative explanations and diagnoses;
  • Defined levels of functioning and any limitations on student’s academic performance caused by the disability;
  • Current treatment and medication; and
  • Current official letter (on letterhead from professional; signed and dated) stating specific recommendations.

Psychological Disorder

An evaluation report from a licensed mental health professional (psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, licensed professional counselor, or licensed clinical social worker), which must include:

  • Clearly stated diagnosis (DSM-IV-TR criteria), ruling out alternative explanations and diagnoses;
  • Defined levels of functioning and any limitations on student’s academic performance caused by the disability;
  • Supporting documentation (i.e., test data, history, observations, etc.);
  • Current treatment and medication; and
  • Current official letter (on letterhead from professional; signed and dated) stating specific recommendations

Evaluation report must be within 1 year of request date, dated and signed.

Traumatic Mrain Injury (  TBI  )

An evaluation report by a licensed rehabilitation counselor, speech-language pathologist, orthopedic specialist, and/or neuropsychologist (or other licensed specialists as appropriate), which must include:

  • Assessment of cognitive abilities, including processing speed and memory;
  • Analysis of educational achievement skills and limitations on student’s academic performance caused by the disability
  • Defined levels of functioning and limitations in all affected areas (communication, vision, hearing, mobility, psychological, seizures, etc.);
  • Current treatment and medication; and
  • Current official letter (on letterhead from professional; signed and dated) stating specific recommendations.

Learning Disabilities

An evaluation report from a licensed clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, school psychologist, learning disability specialist, or diagnostician, which must include:

  • Clear statement of presenting problem; diagnostic interview;
  • Educational history documenting the impact of the learning disability
  • Alternative explanations and diagnoses ruled out;
  • Relevant test data with standard scores provided to support conclusions, such as:
    • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS-R) or subsequent edition (WAIS III),
    • Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-Revised, including Written Language (and Spelling), Reading Comprehension, and Math (Calculation and Reasoning), and
    • Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Processing Battery to substantiate any processing problems;
  • Clearly stated diagnosis of a learning disability based upon DSM-IV-TR criteria and supported by more than one subtest score;
  • Defined levels of functioning and any limitations on student’s academic performance caused by the disability, supported by evaluation data; and
  • Current official letter (on letterhead from professional; signed and dated) stating specific recommendations.

Note: High School Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan reflects education and accommodation history; however, other documentation may be necessary.

ADD or ADHD

An evaluation report from a licensed psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, school psychologist, neurologist, or neuropsychologist, which must include:

  • Clear statement of presenting problem; diagnostic interview;
  • Evidence of early and current impairment in at least two different environments;
  • Alternative explanations and diagnoses ruled out;
  • Relevant test data with standard scores provided to support conclusions, such as:
    • WAIS-R or WAIS III,
    • Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-Revised, including Written Language ( and Spelling ), Reading Comprehension, and Math ( Calculation and Reasoning ), and
    • Behavioral Assessment Instruments for ADD / ADHD normed on adults;
  • Clearly stated diagnosis of ADD or ADHD based upon DSM-IV-TR criteria and supported by more than one score;
    • Defined levels of functioning and any limitations on student’s academic performance caused by the disability, supported by evaluation data; and
    • Current official letter ( on letterhead from professional; signed and dated ) stating specific recommendations.

Evaluation report must be within 3 years of request date, dated and signed.

Note: High School IEP, 504 Plan, and / or a letter from a physician or other professional will not be sufficient to document ADD / ADHD. Medication cannot be used to imply a diagnosis.

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Justin Pugh

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate