DSS takes a holistic approach in determining eligibility for accommodation and will review any information a student submits. The following are examples of the types of documentation DSS uses to make such determinations:

Physical Disability, Chronic Health Impairment, or Sensory Impairment:

  • A letter from a medical professional verifying a disability and explaining its impact on one or more life activities.
  • Medical records that include diagnosis and a signature from a clinician.
  • History of accommodations used in past educational, work, or similar settings (e.g. IEP).*

Learning Disability, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  • The results of a comprehensive neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation.
  • Rating scales and objective measure of symptoms related to diagnosis.
  • History of accommodations used in past educational, work, or similar settings (e.g. IEP).*

Psychological / Mental Health Disability:

  • A letter from a mental health professional verifying a disability and explaining its impact on one or more life activities.
  • Treatment records that include diagnosis and a signature from a clinician.
  • History of accommodations used in past educational, work, or similar settings (e.g. IEP).*

Traumatic Brain Injuries, including Concussion:

  • Medical records that include diagnosis and a signature from a clinician.
  • Information from a medical professional detailing the short-term impact of the condition and how long it is likely to persist.
  • Special note for concussions -- Should the condition persist longer than anticipated, additional and updated documentation may be requested. DSS reserves the right to request additional documentation in order to support specific accommodations.

*While historical documentation, such as an IEP or Section 504 plan, is helpful in establishing the background of diagnosis and previous supports, you may be asked to submit additional documentation related to current impact of disability on academic and other life activities.