In order to be eligible for accommodation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students must be able to demonstrate that a professional who is qualified to make the diagnosis and to recommend appropriate academic accommodations has established a formal diagnosis of disability. A qualified professional must not be a relative or a family friend.
The diagnosis alone is not enough to establish eligibility for accommodations under the ADA. There must also be evidence of a “substantial limitation” in one or more major life activities (walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, caring for self, performing manual tasks, working, or learning).
Professionals typically qualified to make diagnoses include:
The documentation must include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, licensure number, and specialization. All evaluation reports must be typed on letterhead, signed, and dated by the diagnostician. Documentation must also include the following:
Other documents that will be accepted to request accommodations:
Once registered, all documentation and information becomes confidential and is maintained in a secure location. Documentation of a disability is never part of a student’s academic record.