Students requesting academic accommodations and/or services from Disability Services are required to submit documentation of a disability to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Disability Services guidelines. The ADAA defines a disability as “a substantial limitation of a major life function”.
Basis for Determining Accommodations
Eligibility for academic accommodations is based on the data in the documentation and accompanying school information that clearly demonstrate that a student has one or more functional limitations in the academic setting and that these limitations require accommodation in order to achieve equal access. Accommodations are intended to provide equal access, not guarantee success or maximize a student’s potential. A school plan such as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan should be submitted, but it may not provide sufficient information to determine accommodations.
Any accommodations recommended by the evaluator, including those received in high school or those provided on the college entrance examinations (SAT or ACT), may be provided only if documentation of a disability supports the current need for the accommodation.
Medical providers may fill out our Disability Verification Form.
Documentation Guidelines by Disability Categories
- Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Blind and Low Vision
- Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
- Brain Injury
- Learning Disabilities
- Physical Disability (includes, but not limited to: Mobility Impairments, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injuries, etc.)
- Systemic Illnesses (includes, but not limited to: Cancer, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Neurological Disorders, Chronic Pain Syndromes, etc.)
- Psychiatric & Psychological Disability (includes, but not limited to: Mood Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, General anxiety Disorders, etc.)