How to Register with Student Accessibility Services
To be eligible for accommodations, a student must:
- submit disability documentation;
- submit an application for accommodation;
- receive notification from an Accessibility Coordinator that you are eligible;
- schedule and attend an intake appointment with your assigned Accessibility Coordinator
Accessibility Coordinators review documentation and determine eligibility according to the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There is no “exact formula” of how to document or determine a disability. However here, are the things we look for in documentation:
- there is a chronic physical or mental condition
- evidence that the condition significantly impacts one or more Major Life Activities (such as seeing, learning, standing, etc.)
- provided by a medical, mental health, or educational professional who is licensed and qualified to diagnose, evaluate, and treat the condition
- recent enough to demonstrate an impact on current functioning
Accessibility Coordinators review documentation and determine eligibility according to the framework of the American's with Disabilities Act Amendment Act and in accordance with the professional standards of the Association of Higher Education and Disability.
There is no "exact formula" of how to document or determine a disability; however here are the things we look for in documentation:
- Diagnosis of a chronic physical or mental condition
- Substantial impact on one or more Major Life Activity (such as seeing, learning, standing, etc.)
- Completed by a medical, mental health, or educational professional qualified to diagnose, evaluate, and treat the condition
- Demonstrates a history of accommodation OR impact on current functioning
You may always contact an Accessibility Coordinator at any time with questions about how to best locate the type of information we need to evaluate your eligibility and provide effective accommodations.
ADHD, Mental Health, Chronic Medical Conditions and/or Sensory related Disabilities:
Since SAS is interested in how your condition may impact you, we have provided a form that you may share with your medical professional in order to help document the information we need. You may access the form on our website at: Disability Documentation Form
The preferred method of documenting a learning disability is through current, comprehensive, adult-normed psycho-educational test battery with a statement of diagnosis, functional limitations resulting from the disability, and type of learning disability. If you received services in high school, this is often contained in the Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE). IEP’s, Section 504 Plans, or a Summary of Performance from your high school may or may not provide sufficient information. If your documentation does not meet the preferred standards, consider sending the documentation you have for review along with documents that show the history of your accommodations.