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Documentation to Verify a Physical/ Medical Disability

All DeSales University students must provide appropriate documentation for the diagnosis of physical/medical disabilities prior to receiving accommodations based on that disability. Accommodations will be determined on an individual basis.

It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the Office of Disability Services and to provide appropriate documentation of the disability and related functional limitations for which they are requesting accommodations. This process follows the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973*, and current case law and is designed to ensure that reasonable, appropriate accommodations are provided to all qualified students in a timely manner. A diagnosis of a disorder/condition/syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations.

All diagnostic evaluation reports submitted as documentation of physical/medical disabilities must meet the following requirements:

1. Be in the form of a signed and dated report on official letterhead, prepared by a qualified professional.
2. Include a clinical diagnosis, the date of original diagnosis, and the date of last contact with the individual. The documentation should be recent and address current levels of functioning.
3. Include a summary of assessment procedures and diagnostic test data used to make the diagnosis and determine functional limitations.
4. If the impairment interferes with cognitive functioning, test scores must substantiate a significant impairment** to cognitive functioning. All sub-test standard scores must be provided for all tests reported.
5. Establish a clear link between the requested accommodations and the substantiated functional limitations that are pertinent to the academic/functional demands of the academic setting for which the accommodations are being requested.
6. Describe the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time.
7. Detail treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use.

*In order to meet the adult criteria of "disability" under these federal laws a person must provide documentation of how their significant impairment "substantially limits" their functioning in a major life activity.

**A significant impairment means below-average functioning as measured by an objective
psycho-educational / neuropsychological / psychological evaluation. An IEP or 504 Plan from the public school system is not sufficient documentation of a disability for accommodations at the college level.

Contact the Coordinator of Learning and Disability Services for further information. Telephone: (610) 282-1100, x.1453 Fax: (610) 282-3241

Documentation should be sent to:
Coordinator of Learning and Disability Services
DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

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