The process of determining whether a student is eligible for accommodations is a collaborative one. Students are encouraged to submit documentation that describes the current impact of their condition and its relevance to an academic setting.
All students requesting accommodations for the first time must meet with the Coordinator of Disability Services to begin a discussion regarding what accommodations would be appropriate and reasonable for the individual and the institution.
The following offers guidance on the information that may be included in the documentation. This information is useful in making informed decisions regarding accommodations that are appropriate for the student. All documentation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and kept confidential.
It is very helpful if the documentation:
- Clearly states the diagnosed disability or disabilities
- Describes how the diagnosis was made
- Is provided by a qualified, licensed professional (medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, school psychologist)
- Is current and relevant
- Reasonable accommodations are based on the current impact of the disability, please provide the most current documentation you have
- Includes types of accommodations that may be beneficial in an academic setting
IEPs and Section 504 plans are also useful in identifying services that may be effective.