What to Bring to the Meeting
Please bring your completed Application for Disability Services and your documentation (see below for guidelines), plus any other information you believe will help The Office of Accommodations and Disability Services provider with developing academic accommodations. To be well prepared for you meeting, please be ready to talk about your academic strengths and limitations, how your disability or impairment impacts your learning success, and any other relevant information that you want us to know.
General Guidelines for Documentation
Any documentation, for any disability, must include:
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability and date of the most current diagnostic evaluation. A description of the diagnostic tests, methods, and/or criteria used, which should follow adult norms.
- A description of the current functional impact of the disability. There should be a description of how the individual’s identified impairment substantially limits a major life activity. The description should include the current functional impact on physical (including mobility and dexterity), cognitive (including processing, attention, and communication), and behavioral abilities and should be described through specific results from the diagnostic procedures.
- A statement indicating treatments, medications, and assistive devices / services in use including a history of previous academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services and their impact. Recommendations regarding accommodations should be reasonable within the academic setting.
- The credentials of the professional(s), if not clear from the letterhead or other forms. Diagnosing professionals shall not be family members or others with a close personal relationship with the individual.
- Documentation should be current, occurring within the last three (3) years.
Although it is not required, if you have documentation from a doctor or other credentialed professional that recommends specific accommodations for college, please bring that as well.
Special Note about IEPs
An IEP alone is NOT enough! Depending on the type of disability, the IEP along with the most recent evaluation (based on adult norms) and the Summary of Performance may meet our documentation needs. Many disabilities will also require documentation from a medical or psychiatric doctor.
Not all documentation will contain all of these components, but the more information that is provided, the easier it is to determine which accommodations are appropriate and valuable for the student’s success.