To be eligible for Disability Support Services, a student must have a disability as it is defined by federal legislation (Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act): a disability is any physical or mental condition that causes substantial limitations to the ability to perform one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, walking, seeing, learning, hearing and speaking.
The following guidelines are provided to assure that the documentation is adequate and appropriate to verify eligibility and to support requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids. Disability documentation should include:
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis from a qualified licensed professional.
- A description of the diagnostic criteria and/or diagnostic test(s) used.
- A description of the current functional impact/limitations of the disability.
- Treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or used.
- A description of the expected progression or stability of the disability over time.
Guidelines of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) for documentation of learning disabilities will be referred to in reviewing documentation pertaining to learning disabilities. Guidelines for appropriate documentation of specific disabling conditions are as follows: