Student Disability Services works with students to obtain documentation which assists in determining eligibility for accommodations. Eligibility for reasonable and appropriate accommodations is based on current, comprehensive disability documentation. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and provide this information as early as possible.
By sending the most comprehensive information possible, students will help avoid delays in the documentation review process. Simply providing documentation does not ensure students will be eligible. Documentation will be used to determine what is reasonable and appropriate for the individual.
Your diagnosis is generally considered confidential as are the documents you provide to support your claim of disability. There are times your information may be shared on a need to know basis with university officials in keeping with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
There are two ways to provide documentation from an appropriately qualified professional:
This includes conditions such as: auto-immune disorders, neurological disorders, sleep disorders.
This includes conditions such as: depressive disorders, anxiety & panic disorders, bipolar disorders, autism spectrum disorders.
Types include: predominately inattentive, predominately hyperactive/impulsive, combined presentation
SDS will evaluate learning disability documentation on a case-by-case basis; general guidelines are provided below.
A diagnostic report that includes:
Note: Psycho-educational testing completed within the last three years typically provides a better assessment of the current functional limitations and appropriate recommendation at the post-secondary level.
Record of previous accommodation. This could include an Individual Educational Program (IEP), Admission, Review & Dismissal (ARD), or 504 Plan from a (K-12) school or record of previous accommodation at a college or university. These documents alone may not provide adequate information to qualify for services.
Student Disability Services prefers documentation be provided in English. Documentation received in a language other than English may delay the accommodation process and may require third party translation at the student's expense. Please contact our office as early as possible for a case by case consultation regarding non-English documentation.
A student who has a temporary illness (e.g. cold or flu), or is recovering from surgery not based on a long-term condition would not be considered to have a disability.