Accessibility Services - Guidelines

Guidelines for Documentation of a Disability

All students who are requesting accommodations must submit written documentation of a disability.

Type of documentation will vary based on the student's disability.

In general, the documentation must consist of the most current evaluation by an appropriately licensed or certified professional--for example, a doctor, ophthalmologist, audiologist, rehabilitation professional, or psychologist. Documentation must discuss the current impact of the disability. If the most current documentation does not reflect the student's current functional limitations, more relevant information may need to be obtained. If this is determined by the Counselor of Accessibility Services, it is up to the student to secure this information.

Documentation should include:

  • Current Diagnosis
  • Functional limitations in regards to educational settings
  • Current treatment (including medications assistive devices/services)
  • The predictable need for re-evaluation
  • Professional recommendations for reasonable accommodations based on current use or estimated effectiveness
  • Signature as well as credentials of the diagnosing professional

All documentation pertaining to a student's disability will be maintained in the files of Counselor of Accessibility Services. Existing College Policy will be followed regarding release of information as outlined in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).