Documentation and the ADAAA
For information pertaining to requirements for documentation click on link below:
The student must have a verifiable issue (such as a physical, mental, or emotional disorder) which:
- Is of a chronic nature (longer than six months) and
- interferes with access to learning,
- such as not being able to get all the information from class due to problems with reading, concentration, attention, seeing, hearing, writing, etc.or such as interference with the student's ability to demonstrate what he/she knows, without measuring the disability.
How Students Qualify for Accommodations
If the student has a verifiable physical, mental, or emotional disorder which for example:
Is of a chronic nature (longer than six months) and interferes with learning, such as not being able to get all the information from class due to problems with reading, concentration, attention, seeing, hearing, writing, etc.
- Interferes with the student's ability to demonstrate that they know the material, and requires modifications such as a longer time to finish tests, a quiet place to take tests, auditory or oral testing, enlarged print or Braille, or an interpreter to clarify questions regarding the test, etc.
- Creates problems with physical space and routes such as opening doors, using furniture, getting around campus, or hinders attendance etc.
and need accommodation, then the student should submit your documentation and your requests to the Center for Educational Access.
A Guide to Disability Documentation
In order to request accommodations, the student should bring information from their professional explaining the issue that creates a barrier to learning and/or participating to the Center for Educational Access (located in Seiter Hall 100)
Some examples are as follows:
learning disability: a report from a psychologist, learning disability specialists, IEP, 504 plan etc.
psychological or attention issue: a letter from a counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist etc.
medical / neurological issue: a letter from a physician, PA or Nurse Practitioner etc.
visual impairment: a letter from a doctor or ophthalmologist etc.
If the student DOES NOT have documentation but believes they might have a disability and wants accommodation: a meeting with the Director should be requested to talk about options and possible solutions.