Student Disability Services provides resources and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. In order to ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations for our students, SDS may request documentation of the disability from a current physician or specialist to support the accommodation request. This documentation should include information which describes the disability, areas affected, and recommendations for reasonable accommodations. Confidentiality of the information provided to SDS is ensured and will in no way become part of the individual’s academic.
Appropriate documentation consists of the following information provided by a physician or otherwise qualified professional that outlines:
- The diagnosis;
- How the diagnosis may impact the individual;
- What are the recommended accommodations, if any, that will help the individual perform the essential functions of his or her academic program;
- Any other information relevant to promoting an equitable experience for the individual in the University setting.
Guidelines for Documentation through SDS for physical, psychological, medical and neurological disabilities are available online along with eligibility requirements, service provisions and other resources. The Disability Verification Form is also available.
The individual requesting accommodations will be asked to make an appointment with the Director of SDS, or another SDS staff member, for an intake interview. The intake interview is designed to solicit information from the client regarding the history of accommodation and to promote an interactive process of accommodation. Accommodations are then communicated to the appropriate University staff (i.e., instructional staff, professional staff or supervisor) for implementation.
Depending on the circumstances, there may need to be further interactive dialogue, based upon the essential requirements of the academic program, as to whether the requested accommodation poses a fundamental alteration of said requirements and/or whether the individual is otherwise qualified. Otherwise qualified, with regard to the individual, means that he or she is capable of performing the essential functions of his or her academic program with or without reasonable accommodation(s).
For more information, please contact the Director of SDS.