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Proof of Disability

"Proof of Disability" is formal documentation of a disability that conforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act or to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Documentation should come from a qualified professional such as a physician, psychologist, psychotherapist, educational psychologist, learning disability specialist, audiologist or neuro-psychologist.

Sample Proof of Disability Documents

  • For learning disabilities: An Educational/Psychological Evaluation Report (with diagnosis).
  • For attention deficit disorders: A physician's statement of diagnosis or a psychologist's report.
  • For deaf/hard of hearing: An audiogram.
  • For physical impairment: A physician's statement of diagnosis.
  • For visual impairment: A physician's statement of diagnosis.
  • For emotional impairment: A statement of a specific diagnosis from a qualified professional.
  • For neurological impairment: A physician's statement of diagnosis.

Proof of Disability documents should contain a clear, formal diagnosis of a specific disability or disabilities, along with information on student needs and reasonable accommodations. Diagnostic statements should be on formal letterhead and must be legible.

Documentation not readily available?

Students should not delay meeting with a ADR program specialist out of concern for not having the appropriate documentation. Determinations on individual documentation needs will be made during the initial meeting with the student, which may or may not involve the need to provide additional documentation.

The ADR Specialist may authorize an interim accommodations for up to one semester, pending the receipt of appropriate documentation and/or a determination of eligibility.