The Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office requires students to provide documentation from a qualified professional that describes the disability and its impact on the student’s academic experiences as part of the process to establish services at the UW. This documentation serves two purposes:
- to establish that the student is eligible for protection against discrimination due to a disability
- to augment information from the student regarding the nature and impact of the disability for understanding how university courses, systems and facilities may present access barriers, thus establishing support for reasonable accommodation (auxiliary aids and services)
Documentation needs to include:
- A diagnosis of your disability/health condition
- Description of the current impact/limitations from the disability/health condition with specific focus on what you would need as a student in the educational and/or housing environment
- If the disability/health condition is permanent or temporary? If temporary information on the needed duration of accommodations and timeline for re/new evaluation of the disability/health condition.
Documentation can be, but not limited to*:
- Written on letterhead from a qualified health care provider
- Copies of the educational assessment performed in the IEP process
- Submitted by completing the UW DRS Health Care Provider Statement
*When meeting with students during the Access Planning Meeting DRS Counselors will inform students if more documentation information is needed based on the nature of the accommodation request.
DRS Documentation Policies
To help you determine what documentation DRS is looking for, separate documentation policies have been created to better identify the kind of information our office needs effectively help students.
|Type||Policy||Examples (not limited to)|
|Learning||Documentation Policy for a Learning Disability||Auditory Processing Disorder, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Dysphasia/Aphasia, Dyspraxia (Sensory Integration Disorder), Visual Processing Disorder|
|Psychological / ADHD||Documentation Policy for a Psychological / ADHD Disability||ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, Bipolar disorder, Communication disorders, Depression, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Social anxiety disorder|
|Health Conditions||Documentation Policy for Health Conditions||AIDS/HIV, Back Conditions, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s Disease|