SSM 701–02: Eligibility for Accommodations—Required Disability Documentation
To specify disability documentation requirements that will qualify ASU students for reasonable and appropriate accommodations through the Disability Resource Center (DRC)
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 United States Code §§ 701–796
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 United States Code § 12101 et seq.
Disability Resource Center
Admitted or enrolled students who believe they have a current and essential need for disability accommodations are responsible for registering with and requesting accommodations through the DRC. Unless the disability is obvious, the student must provide the DRC with qualifying disability documentation verifying the nature and extent of the disability prior to receiving any accommodations. The DRC will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.
The following guidelines may be used to assist in determining qualifying documentation. All documentation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
See also the DRC Web site for additional information about the guidelines below.
The DRC will accept current diagnoses of physical disabilities that are based on appropriate diagnostic evaluations administered by trained and qualified (i.e., certified and/or licensed) professionals (e.g., medical doctors, ophthalmologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, audiologists).
The DRC will accept diagnoses of specific learning disabilities that are based on comprehensive, age-appropriate, psychoeducational evaluations that demonstrate current functional limitations of the disability. The assessment must be administered by a trained and qualified (i.e., certified and/or licensed) professional (e.g., psychologist, school psychologist, neuropsychologist, educational diagnostician) who has had direct experience with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The DRC will accept current diagnoses of ADHD that are based on age-appropriate, diagnostic evaluations, administered by trained and qualified (i.e., certified or licensed) professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, or neuropsychologists). Submitted documentation must demonstrate current functional limitations of the disability.
The DRC will accept current diagnoses of psychiatric disabilities that are based on comprehensive and appropriate diagnostic evaluations completed by trained and qualified (i.e., licensed or certified) professionals (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, school psychologists, certified professional counselors, or licensed social workers). Submitted documentation must demonstrate current functional limitations of the disability.
The DRC can provide a “Disability Verification Form” that can be completed by a trained and qualified professional, or the professional may choose to submit a letter. The letter must be on letterhead, with date and signature, and must include the following:
For more information, see SSM 701–01, “Disability Resource Center—General Policy.”