Learning Disability

  1. Domains to be addressed for LD assessment must include:
    • Ability test: the preferred instruments are Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Revised and/or Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Ability - Revised.
    • Achievement test: the Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery - III is the preferred instrument.
    • Tests of social and emotional adjustment.
    • All test scores and data should be included.
  2. Clear and specific statement of how the disability substantially impairs adult functioning supported by information in the evaluation.
  3. Testing must be current. In most cases, this means within the past three years.
  4. The discrepancy (using Full Scale scores and Standard Achievement scores) between ability and achievement should be specifically shown as validation of the type of learning disability. The definition of Learning Disability and the specific categories found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders should be used to state the diagnosis.