There are two ways to provide documentation from an appropriately qualified professional that makes evident the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation(s) requested. (The following information does not apply to students providing documentation of learning disabilities.) 

Disability Verification Form

The first option is to have your provider complete the appropriate disability verification from below. Student Disability Services prefers that the documentation is returned to us electronically (sds [at] stedwards.edu). 

   Psychological Disabilities 

   Medical Disabilities 

   Attention Deficit Disorders

General Guidelines

The second option is to use the general guidelines listed below to assist you in working with your treating/diagnosing professional(s) to prepare the information required to evaluate your request for services.  

  1. Current functional impact of the condition(s). Please describe how this condition impacts their daily life, especially in regards to their academics.  Also, indicate how the condition impairs any major life activities, such as concentrating, learning, sleeping, etc. (Please refer to Section 504 for a more complete list.)
  2. Treatments, medications, accommodations/auxiliary aids, services currently prescribed or in use. Provide a description of treatments, medications, accommodations and/or services currently in use and their estimated effectiveness in minimizing the impact of the condition(s). Include any significant side effects that may impact physical, perceptual, behavioral or cognitive performance. If you feel that any additional accommodations are warranted, please list them along with a clear rationale and related functional limitations. Any accommodations will be taken into consideration, but not automatically implemented.
  3. The expected progression or stability of disability over time. If possible, provide a description of the expected change in the functional impact of the condition(s) over time. If the condition is variable, describe the known triggers that may exacerbate the condition.
  4. A diagnostic statement identifying the disability. When appropriate, include International Classification of Diseases (ICD) or Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) codes, the date of the most recent evaluation, or the dates of evaluations performed by referring professionals. If the most recent evaluation was not a full evaluation, indicate when the last full evaluation was conducted.