Welcome Frequently,   clients   seek   a   "second   opinion"   evaluation   after   a   first   evaluation   by   another   psychologist   is   inconclusive.   This   second   opinion   testing   are frequently   completed   as   an   Independent   Educational   Evaluation,   which   is   paid   for   by   the   school   system   as   required   by   Special   Education   laws.   Clients seeking   to   qualify   for   an   Independent   Educational   Evaluation   should   consult   the   Special   Education   departments   of   their   school   systems.   Individual school   systems   vary   in   how   much   they   will   pay   toward   an   Independent   Educational   Evaluation.   Some   Special   Education   departments   will   pay   for   a large portion of the fee with the client or parent paying the remainder of the fee. One   of   the   most   common   reasons   for   an   testing   and   diagnosis   to   qualify   for   special   accommodation   under   the   Americans   with   Disabilities   Act   (ADA). Requests   for   such   accommodations   must   demonstrate   through   the   application   material,   the   written   report   of   the   test   results   and   any   supportive materials   from   the   schools   Special   Education   department   that   the   disorder   causes   a   substantial   interference   in   educational   activities   or   work   related activities. A   formal   diagnosis   is   necessary   if   you   are   seeking   insurance   reimbursement   or   are   trying   to   obtain   special   accommodations   under   the   Americans   with Disability   Act   -   ADA   in   school,   for   standardized   testing   or   for   employment   purposes.   Dr.   Smith   is   a   consultant   to   the   Michigan   Dyslexia   Institute   (MDI) and   provides   testing   for   the   Michigan   Dyslexia   Institute   at   the   Abrams   Teaching   Laboratory   in   Lansing,   Michigan   and   the   Detroit   Metro   Center   in Berkley, Michigan. The   Michigan   Dyslexia   Institute,   Inc.   (MDI)   is   a   nonprofit   organization,   funded   by   a   combination   of   grants,   donations   and   fee   for   service   programs serving   children   and   adults   through   six   regional   centers   throughout   Michigan.   MDI   provides   teacher   training,   cooperative   programs   with   school districts   and   state   agencies,   public   information   about   dyslexia,   diagnostic   evaluation   and   remedial   reading   instruction.   Fees   are   charged   for   services, however   financial   aid   is   often   available   for   the   financially   disadvantaged.   In   such   a   situation,   the   prospective   client   should   contact   the   Michigan Dyslexia Institute in advance to apply for their scholarship program.
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Robert D. Smith, PhD Diagnosis & Treatment for Dyslexia, ADD & Learning Disorders IQ Optimization Children & Adults