Information on Documentation Guidelines Directions
- Disability Resources and Services (DRS) uses a combination of information to determine a student’s eligibility for services and reasonable accommodations.
- Documentation of a specific disability does not directly translate into specific accommodations. Instead, reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case and course-by-course basis.
- Ensuring that accommodations provide effective access requires a deliberative and collaborative process that is responsive to the unique experience of each individual, as advised by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendments Act, 2008.
- The rationale for seeking information about a student’s condition is to support the Disability Specialist in establishing disability, understanding the functional limitation of the disability or how the disability may currently impact a student in an academic environment, and making informed decisions about reasonable accommodations.
- Documentation should be reviewed by examining the functional limitations of the disability on the student and how this supports the need for reasonable accommodations.
- Disability documentation should be treated in a confidential manner and shared only on a need-to-know basis according to both state and federal laws and regulations.