When to Apply for Disability Services
To insure that your request for disability services is processed and approved in a timely manner, it is important to apply for services as soon as possible. You are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) during the admissions process—the best way to contact the DSO is through email.
The Disability Services Office will require appropriate documentation of your disability from an appropriate healthcare professional. The amount and type of documentation will vary depending on both the nature of your disability and the service or services you are requesting. You will also be required to sign a Release of Confidential Information form so that the DSO can obtain your medical or psychological records as deemed necessary by both you and the DSO. All information submitted to the Disability Services Office is held in the strictest confidence.
General Documentation Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines for the amount and type of documentation that the Disability Services Office will require. It is helpful if the diagnosing professional provides suggestions for appropriate accommodations in an academic setting, if at all possible.
- Visual Impairment: A copy of your most recent eye exam, which should include diagnosis, visual acuity, functional limitations, and a copy of your most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP), if available. For more information click here.
- Mobility Impairment: Diagnosis of mobility impairment, description of functional limitations, and a record of medications used, prescribed dosage and any side effects experienced. For more information, click here.
- Hearing Impairment: A copy of your most recent audiological exam, which should include a diagnosis with etiology, degree, type, functional limitations and configuration of loss, as well as a copy of a recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) if available. For more information click here.
- Psychiatric Disability: A DSM-V diagnosis from a psychologist or psychiatrist stating the diagnosis, characteristics of the disability, functional limitations, projected duration and medication. For more information click here.
- Learning Disability: A copy of a comprehensive psycho-educational test battery administered within the last three years with a definitive statement of the diagnosis and type of learning disability, all test scores including subtest scores, a description of the academic limitations resulting from the disability, and a copy of your last Individualized Education Plan (IEP) if available. For more information click here.
- Chronic Illness: A diagnosis from your physician stating the diagnosis and impact of the disability, including functional limitations and medication. For more information click here.
- Attention Deficit Disorder: A copy of a recent diagnostic report, which states the DSM diagnosis, symptoms and functional limitations, instruments and procedures used to make the diagnosis, and dosage, type and frequency of your medication. For more information click here.
- Other: For other disabilities, please consult the DSO for proper documentation guidelines.