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 Office of Student Access and Disabilities (OSA) during the admissions process—the best way to contact the OSA is through email.
The Office of Student Access and Disabilities 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 might also be required to sign a Release of Confidential Information form so that the OSA can obtain your medical or psychological records as deemed necessary by both you and the OSA. All information submitted to the Office of Student Access and Disabilities is held in the strictest confidence. When you have the necessary documentation please also complete: Client Information Form and Application
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.
**Although many disabilities are considered life-long, the impact they have on current functioning changes over time. Therefore, documentation needs to reflect the current status of the individual’s functional limitations and explain the nexus between disability and accommodations requested.
- 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 sub-test 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 Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): 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 OSA for proper documentation guidelines.
- Emotional Support Animal Application and Process under Student Resources tab
- This has to be renewed with new documentation YEARLY, as this is a housing request, all housing accommodations are renewed each school year.
- A/C ONLY requests:
- Air Conditioning Request
- When submitting the above request please ensure your documentation to upload is complete:
- Documentation is on physician letterhead signed by the physician
- Includes your NAME, DOB, and lists DIAGNOSES that require the necessity of air conditioning.
- If housing only for one of the conditions listed above, please see documentation requirements above and compete the necessary paperwork as described and fill out the Client Information Form and Application. (de-lofted bed for mobility issues, mobility impairment-requires handicapped accessible room, etc.) Housing