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Disability Documentation

Why do I need to provide proper documentation?

Accommodations are established to provide opportunities for academic success and equal opportunity for students with disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge. Services vary according to DRS office guidelines, the needs of each student, and are determined on a case by case basis. It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation to the DRS office in order to receive accommodations. The documentation must (1) verify the existence of a disability as defined under section 504 and under the ADAA; and (2) establish a clear connection between the accommodations being requested and the effects of the disability.

What constitutes as proper documentation?

Documentation needs to come from a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or medical doctor, and be printed on official letterhead. Documentation on handwritten prescription pads is not sufficient. The documentation is submitted to Disability Resources and Services directly. The documentation is confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of determining which accommodations are appropriate.

For Specific Learning Disabilities, the student must submit age appropriate written diagnostic report of specific learning disabilities that are based on appropriate, comprehensive, and current Psycho-Educational Evaluations that use adult-normed instruments.

For more information: Specific Learning Disabilities: A psycho-educational evaluation is needed for proper documentation.

If you do not have a current Psycho-Educational Evaluation, SCC does not offer such services. For your convenience we have attached a list of local psychologists who perform Psycho-Educational Evaluations.

List of Local Psychologists. The DRS Office and SCC do not endorse any of these psychologists. The purpose of the listing is to provide you with a list of some resources within the community that are known to the DRS Office and SCC.

*Keep in mind that the cost of these private assessments is the responsibility of the student and varies from approximately $300-$1000, based on the diagnostician and assessment battery. Health insurance companies rarely assist in funding these evaluations.

For ADD/ADHD, the student must submit a current (within 3-5 years) diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that is based on appropriate diagnostic evaluations administered by trained and qualified professionals.

For more information: ADD/ADHD Required Documentation

For your convenience, attached is a packet that can be brought to the doctor to be filled out. This packet, once complete, will provide the DRS Director/Advisor with the necessary documentation in order to provide appropriate accommodations. ADD/ADHD Documentation Packet.

For Psychological Disorders, the student must submit a current (within 3-5 years) written diagnostic report of psychological disabilities that are based on appropriate diagnostic evaluations completed by trained and qualified professionals (psychologists, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, school psychologist, certified professional counselors, or licensed social workers). An annual review may be requested.

For more information: Psychological Disorder Documentation.

For your convenience, attached is a packet that can be brought to the doctor to be filled out. This packet, once complete, will provide the DRS Director/Advisor with the necessary documentation in order to provide appropriate accommodations. Psychiatric Disability Packet.

For a Physical Disability, the student must submit a current (within 3-5 years) diagnostic report of any physical disabilities that are based on appropriate diagnostic evaluations administered by trained and qualified professionals (medical doctors, opthamologists, neuropsychologists, audiologists). Disability diagnosis categories include: orthopedic disability, blind or visual impairment, deaf or hard-of-hearing, traumatic brain injury (TBI), other health-related/systematic disabilities.

For more information: Physical Disability Documentation.

For your convenience, attached is a packet that can be brought to the doctor to be filled out. This packet, once complete, will provide the DRS Director/Advisor with the necessary documentation in order to provide appropriate accommodations. Medical Disability Packet. Hearing Disability Packet. Visual Disability Packet.

*Disability Resources and Services also helps students experiencing temporary impairments. Each case is considered individually and the documentation requirements are generally the same as those listed above.