Documenting a Medical Disability
Guidelines for Documenting a Medical Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Students should work with their medical provider to submit documentation on official letterhead of the professional/service provider. The provider must be a professional qualified to diagnose and treat the medical disability. Please note that the provider cannot be a family member of the student submitting documentation.
Because medical disabilities may change over time, given the nature of the condition, impact of medication, and other treatments; it is helpful when documentation speaks to the current impact on the student and their living/learning environment.
The documentation should include a narrative description of the disability. The following information should be included:
- Diagnosis, date of diagnosis, relevant medical history, and last contact with student.
- Description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation method, and symptoms of the diagnosis.
- Description of current and past accommodations, services, treatment, and/or medication(s).
- Describe the current functional limitations of the disability, including physical limitations.
- Describe the functional impact of the condition on the academic and/or residential environment for the student.
- Please suggest recommendations for academic and/or housing accommodations.
- The documentation should also provide rationale that supports the type(s) of accommodation(s) requested.
Documentation should be submitted to Services for Students with Disabilities via fax, mail, or in-person to the SSWD office. The cost of obtaining professional verification is the responsibility of the student.