The Office for Disability Equity asks students requesting reasonable accommodations to describe their disability, past use of accommodations, and the likely impact of the disability on their educational experiences.
Types of helpful documentation supportive of such requests include:
- medical records
- psycho-educational testing
- school records such as Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plan
If the students do not have copies of this type of information, the students are still welcome to talk to a coordinator to discuss other ways to demonstrate a connection between their disability and any academic barriers the student anticipates or is experiencing.
We suggest that the documentation includes the following information:
- Diagnostic statement identifying the disability with the date of diagnosis.
- Description of the current impact and functional limitations caused by the student’s disability.
- Severity of the disability: mild, moderate, or severe.
- Approximate duration and prognosis of the disability.
- History of clinical contact with student including the date of the last clinical contact.
- Statement of how treatment such as medication impacts the student's functioning in an academic, workplace, and/or residential setting.
- Recommendations for accommodations in order to equalize the student's educational opportunities at the university. (e.g., test taking, note taking, comprehension, and/or class attendance).
- Credentials and contact information of the evaluator(s) including the professional's name, title, certification/license, mailing address, telephone number, and signature.