Documentation

Disability Services for Students asks students requesting reasonable modifications to describe their disability, past use of modifications, 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

If the student does not have copies of this type of information, the student is still welcome to meet with a Disability Services coordinator to discuss other ways to demonstrate a connection between his/her 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 modifications 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.