Documentation Guidelines

Determining appropriate accommodations is not meant to be an obstacle for the student with a disability; rather, it is intended to support the student with a disability without jeopardizing the integrity of course requirements.

The type of documentation required will be determined by the director of the TLC and based on each individual student needs. Eligibility for reasonable accommodations may be determined through an interview, observation of such disability, and/or documentation from a qualified professional.

Documentation may be required in order to determine appropriate accommodations. Essential elements for documentation include: completed by a professional, disability diagnosis stated within the documentation, and how the disability is altering such that an accommodation is needed.

The following four essential elements are amended from the original Seven Essential Elements of Quality Disability Documentation developed by the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD):

 1)  The credentials of the evaluator(s)

The best quality documentation is provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. A good match between the credentials of the individual making the diagnosis and the condition being reported is expected (e.g., an orthopedic limitation might be documented by a physician, but not a licensed psychologist).

2)  A diagnostic statement identifying the disability

3)  A description of the diagnostic methodology used

4)  A description of the current functional limitations

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