Academics

Documentation Guidelines

Documentation

Students who request academic accommodations from the Ross Center are required to provide diagnostic information regarding their disability. The information is useful in determining accommodations for each course. Students are asked to provide the most current documentation of their disability, which can include:

A letter from a treatment provider that identifies the diagnosis and current treatment plan;
A psychological or neuropsychological evaluation conducted by a licensed professional;
Completion of a Medical Information form that is provided by the Ross Center.

Other treatment reports and evaluations related to the disability may be helpful in assessing the accommodation requirements. The Ross Center reserves the right to request reassessment when questions arise regarding previous assessment or previous service provision

It is important to understand that IEPs and 504 Plans are not adequate for documentation to accompany a student to a college since both are required under laws that do not apply once the student attends college. Although college students are covered under Section 504, they are covered under Subpart E, a different section of the law. The key point to remember is that the purpose of the IDEA is to ensure that students are successful in the K-12 system whereas the ADA and Section 504 ensure access because success in college is up to the student.

The ADA stands for The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The ADA is a federal civil rights law designed to provide equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The ADA ensures equal access and opportunity and also protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination. The ADAA stands for The American with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008, which retains the ADA's basic definition of "disability" as an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.