Student Services Manual (SSM)

Interim Posting

Note: At the request of the provost, a vice provost, or a vice president, this policy has been posted in the interim between scheduled posting dates by University Policy Manuals Group because it has significant and urgent importance for the university community. This policy will be included in the publication process by the next feasible posting for online policies and procedures.


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Effective: 8/15/1973

Revised: 7/20/2015

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SSM 701–02: Eligibility for Accommodations—Required Disability Documentation

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Purpose

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To specify disability documentation requirements that will qualify ASU students for reasonable and appropriate accommodations through the Disability Resource Center (DRC)

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Sources

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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

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Policy

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Students who believe they have a current and essential need for disability accommodations are responsible for requesting accommodations and providing qualifying documentation to the DRC. DRC applicants must be admitted or enrolled ASU students and 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.


General Disability Guidelines

Physical Disabilities

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).

Learning Disabilities

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.

Psychiatric Disabilities

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.


Additional Guidelines and Resources

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:

  1. a diagnostic statement identifying the disability (including the date of the diagnosis)
  2. severity of the disability (mild/moderate/severe)
  3. an assessment of major life activities that are impacted by the disability (e.g., learning, concentration, class attendance, social interactions, reading, walking, etc.)

    and

  4. specific recommendations for accommodations.
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Cross-Reference

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For more information, see SSM 701–01, “Disability Resource Center—General Policy.”


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