Office of Disability Services
General Policies Regarding Documentation of Disabilities
Students with disabilities who plan to request accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services must submit appropriate documentation verifying eligibility according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This documentation must include a clear diagnosis, as well as the extent, duration, and current functional impact of the disability. The diagnosis and recommended accommodations must be clearly linked to the test data. The diagnostician must be a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who 1.) is qualified/ certified to evaluate and diagnose the disability, 2.) is familiar with the challenges and functional requirements of a college environment, and 3.) is an impartial evaluator or diagnostician who is not a family member norin a dual relationship with the student.
The documentation must be detailed, comprehensive, and include the following components as appropriate to the area of disability being disclosed:
Each case is evaluated and considered individually. Documentation of a disability must be thorough and reveal results that support the specific accommodation(s) requested. Requests for accommodations without supporting evidence will require further evaluation or documentation prior to a determination of disability status being made. Prior accommodations may not be deemed reasonable in the college environment nor does the diagnosis of a disability imply the need for accommodations.
See requirements for documenting specific disability conditions below:
Attention Deficit Disorder/ADHD
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Physical and Chronic Health Related Disabilities
Psychiatric/Behavioral/Mental Health Disabilities
For further information, contact the Office of Disability Services at 484-664-3825