For students requesting services, the Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office requires documentation from a qualified professional that describes the disability and its likely impact on the student’s academic experiences. This documentation serves three purposes:
- To establish that the student can be considered a person with a disability, and therefore eligible for protection against discrimination on the basis of disability.
- To supplement information from the student regarding the impact of the disability.
- To inform the development of reasonable accommodation (auxiliary aids and services) designed to facilitate equal access to University environments on a case-by-case basis.
- The documentation regarding your disability should be from a qualified professional who is licensed and or otherwise properly credentialed to diagnose and treat the health condition as a part of their scope of practice; the documentation should be dated and signed by the qualified professional. The DRS Health Care Provider Form on the website may be used as well, if more information is needed this will be discussed with a DRS Counselor.
- The documentation should include a diagnosis of the health condition with a description of the current functional impact/symptoms you are experiencing as a result of the condition itself.
- Given health conditions can be temporary or chronic and have varying, as well as changing impacts even when chronic, the qualified professional should provide a statement of expected duration of the functional impact/symptoms of the health condition.
- If the health condition is chronic with a stable presentation of impact/symptoms this should be noted. Otherwise, the qualified professional should provide both the anticipated duration and an assessment of when a re-evaluation would be appropriate.
- If applicable, identify any medications being used and their side effects.
- DRS welcomes rationale and recommendations for accommodations.
What to do if your existing documentation does not meet the above guidelines?
Students are encouraged to submit what they have for review by a DRS counselor. Provisional accommodations may be established, while additional documentation is being obtained. If additional documentation is needed, the DRS counselor can work with the student and diagnostician to clarify what information or diagnostic measures are needed, and a list of service providers in the community, who may be of assistance.
What to do if you do not have documentation?
Students who do not have documentation are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a DRS counselor to learn more about learning disability assessments, and where to obtain them. DRS counselors are glad to offer advice on what assessments may be helpful.