Disability and Access Services (DSS) provides academic accommodations to otherwise
qualified individuals with disabilities, who without these accommodations would not
be provided equal access, unless these would alter the fundamental requirements of
the course or program.
In order to fully evaluate requests for academic accommodations, the DSS Office in
most cases, needs documentation of your disability. These guidelines will help you
and your professional understand what is needed. Incomplete documentation may delay
the beginning of service or could cause conditional services to stop.
It is the student's responsibility to provide needed documentation:
- The documentation must be based upon an evaluation. Because impairments may change
over time, the documentation you provide should be the most current available.
- Documentation submitted must be from a qualified diagnostician. This should be a person
who has expertise in their field, with an advanced degree, who is fully trained in
making differential diagnosis.
||Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician
||Certified Otologist, Audiologist
||Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, School Psychologist
||Physician, Nurse Practitioner
- The documentation must state a specific diagnosis that conforms to standard criteria
as published in applicable diagnostic manuals such as DSM-IV.
- The evaluation must use procedures that conform to prevailing practice and use commonly
accepted methods. The documentation can explain how the professional arrived at his
or her conclusions.
- The documentation must be typed on letterhead stationery and be signed and dated by
the qualified professional. Diagnostic reports must have names, titles and professional
credentials of the evaluators as well as the date of testing. Documentation is subject
to verification of authenticity.
- Documentation should show current impact of the disability. The documentation should
supply evidence that the symptoms currently cause impairment that substantially limits
a major life activity.
- The documentation can provide a rationale for any recommended accommodations. The
documentation could indicate your specific functional impairments and how these impairments
are linked to specific tasks you are required to do as a student in your program.
- The College retains the professional and legal right to determine the reasonableness
of any recommended accommodation.