Documentation Guidelines

Documentation can assist DASS in understanding how disability may impact a student in the academic environment as well as assist in making informed decisions about reasonable accommodations. DASS engages in a collaborative process that is responsive to the needs of each individual, as advised by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).

Students can meet with a DASS Coordinator prior to submitting documentation. Coordinators can discuss any documentation needs during your intake meeting. In some situations, provisional accommodations may be appropriate and are typically approved for 1 semester and may later be approved on a permanent basis. Although many different types of disability-related documentation may be acceptable (below), for your convenience, you may ask your medical provider to complete our Disability Verification Form.

Examples of Different Types of Documentation:

  • Educational records, such as a high school accommodation plan (IEP, 504 plan, etc.)
  • Medical Records
  • Letter from a healthcare professional, on letterhead which confirms a diagnosis/impact of the disability 
  • Neuropsychological or educational evaluation
  • Audiology report 
  • Vision assessment
  • Proof of accommodations used on standardized exams (SAT, ACT, etc.)

This is not an exhaustive list, and DASS may request additional documentation to illustrate a connection between the impact of the disability, the described barrier, and the requested accommodation. During the exploration process, DASS will evaluate the unique attributes and requirements of the course, program, or activity. Course modifications, auxiliary aids, or services that are ineffective or constitute a fundamental alteration will not be reasonable and, therefore, will not meet the ADA and Section 504’s minimal standards.