Documentation Requirements

A student is responsible for providing current documentation. Documentation must not be older than three (3) years. The documentation must be on an official letterhead with an address, phone/fax, and name of the evaluator with professional credentials and date of evaluation. ARD’s, IEP’s, 504’s and Transitional Plan’s provide helpful information, however, may not be sufficient documentation. The documentation should address diagnosis, prognosis, functional limitations, and educational recommendations.

A student is required to provide Student Disability Services with the necessary documentation from an appropriate expert that the disability exists before any classroom accommodation will be provided. This documentation must be current (within the last 3 years). In Salvador v. Bell, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ruled that the institution was under no obligation to provide accommodation for a student with a disability who fails to provide documentation of the disability (Jarrow, 1991).

The determination of whether an individual has a disability under ADA is not based upon the name or diagnosis of the impairment, but rather upon the impact of that impairment on the life of the individual.

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