Please provide appropriate documentation from a qualified physician/diagnostician to the Office of Student Development verifying the presence and functional impact of the disability. The type of documentation will vary according to the disability but should give us a basic understanding of what your disability is and how the disability impacts you in the classroom environment. Recent documentation is recommended, but older documentation for chronic, non-progressive disabilities may be accepted in some cases. Disabilities with symptoms or features that tend to change over time may warrant more frequent updates in order to provide an ongoing and accurate picture of your needs. The Office of Student Development reserves the right to deny services or accommodations until appropriate documentation has been received. The documentation should address the following:
- Credentials of the evaluator(s): Documentation must be provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. There should be a match between the credentials of the individual making the diagnosis and the condition being reported (e.g. an orthopedic disability documented by a physician but not a licensed psychologist). The documentation of a disability should be provided on the letterhead of either the practitioner or the agency hosting the practice.
- Diagnostic statement identifying the disability: Documentation must include a clear statement of the specific diagnosis of each disability. Documentation should include evaluation methods and tests and dates of administration, along with specific results.
- Current functional limitations associated with the disability: Documentation must include information on how the disability currently impacts the student's major life activities. Some examples of major life activities are walking, hearing, seeing, concentrating, mental status, major bodily functions, and the ability to perform manual tasks. A statement on the severity, frequency, and pervasiveness of the condition should be included. If applicable, the documentation also should include a description of current medications or services used to treat the condition.
- Specific recommendations on accommodations Documentation may include specific recommendations as to the types of reasonable accommodations needed (e.g. extra time for testing, note taking assistance). It should clearly describe the relationship between the disability and how an accommodation would provide access. The University has no obligation to provide or adopt recommendations but will consider them in order to provide equal access to education.