Documentation

Disability Services (DS) collaborates with students with documented disabilities to provide reasonable accommodations that are individualized and based upon disability documentation, functional limitations, and a collaborative assessment of needs.

To be eligible for services, a student must provide appropriate written documentation from a licensed professional in the field concerning the specific diagnosis.  Documentation must validate the presence of a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act. The documentation should include an evaluation that clearly states what the impairment is, the current impact of the impairment on the student’s ability to participate in the university’s educational programs and services, functional limitations and the relationship between the functional limitations and the accommodation(s) requested. The submission of appropriate documentation is just one step in the process of registering for support services with DS. Once DS receives the documentation, it is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The student will then be contacted to schedule an intake interview to further discuss eligibility and accommodation needs.

 

*** Please note: information provided by public and private special education programs (i.e. IEP, Social History, Special Education Eligibility) may be helpful but may not fully meet DS needs in terms of adequacy of documentation. It is important to consult with DS about the need for, and appropriateness of documentation. If there are any questions about documentation guidelines, individuals can call the office at (703) 993-2474.