At the post-secondary level, the purpose of accommodations is to allow the student to have equal access to educational opportunities. Having an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan (student support plan) will be part of the documentation but may not be sufficient.
The young adult applying for services will need to provide documentation of how their disability impacts Major Life Activities including concentrating, managing internal and external distractions, managing stress, meeting deadlines, learning, thinking, interacting with others, reading, writing, and social interactions to list just a few.
Most Colleges/ Universities have specific forms that need to be completed by a licensed professional such as a Psychologist, Medical Doctor or a mental health specialist (forms can be found on the University website). That specialist will document the history of symptoms and previous treatments, including medication history. For some Disabilities, such as a Learning Disability, standardized testing may be required. The student must be prepared to share how their disability affects their learning or academic performance with the professional who completes the Disability Documentation Forms. Think about any physical challenges or health issues that might impact the ability to easily get around campus or regularly attend class. The licensed professional, working with the young adult, makes recommendations for accommodations based on the student’s documented disability.
If the student is currently being treated by several licensed medical professionals, ask those specialists to complete documentation forms too.
In summary here is the process for obtaining accommodations:
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