The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), revised in 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, offer protections for students with diagnosed disabilities. The ADAAA defines “disability” as (a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual; (b) a record of such impairment, or (c) being regarded as having such impairment. Under this legislation, students requesting University services for individuals with disabilities are required to submit current and comprehensive documentation of their unique learning disabilities.

Documentation for a physical disability or mobility impairment must be provided by a licensed medical professional, specializing in the disclosed disabling condition. Doctors of Internal Medicine, Orthopedists, and Endocrinologists are some medical professionals qualified to diagnose and treat physical and mobility impairments.

Documentation should:

  • Be written on professional letterhead which identifies the type and location of the medical practice and which includes a clinical summary;
  • Identify the functional limitations of the disabling condition, especially as they pertain to full participation in the academic and social life of a university student;
  • Identify safety considerations, such as emergency evacuation;
  • Identify auxiliary aids and services for which the student is registered and receiving assistance;
  • Identify specific recommendations including suggested accommodations that are supported by the clinical summary or report;