Requesting Disability Services and Guidelines
General Documentation Guidelines
Documentation provides a tool to help Disability Resource Center staff establish a student's eligibility for services, understand the impact of a students condition(s) in an academic environment, and determine strategies and reasonable accommodations to facilitate equal access. The Disability Resource Center uses a combination of information to make case-by-case determinations regarding eligibility and accommodations, including student self-report and documentation prepared by professionals.
The following forms of documentation can be utilized to support accommodation requests:
- Student self-report
- Medical and health records
- Psycho-educational/Neuro-psychological reports
- School records (e.g. Individualized Education Plans, 504 Plans and Summaries of Performance)
- Observation and interaction
Components of student self-report:
- Description of diagnosed condition(s)
- Description of previous educational experiences
- Description of past use of accommodations or services
- Description of condition's impact related to the academic environment
Components of professionally prepared documentation:
- Completed by a qualified professional
- Clearly stated diagnosis
- Reflect current functioning
- Indicate functional limitations of the condition(s)
Please refer to specific documentation guidelines for more comprehensive criteria.
If the quality of the documentation is insufficient, the Disability Resource Center staff may request additional information, decline a requested accommodation, or deny student eligibility.
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