The purpose of documentation is to specify the disability requirements that will qualify (i.e., support current and essential needs) Maricopa County Community College District students for reasonable and appropriate accommodations through each college's disability services office or designated professional.
This documentation needs to come from a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or medical doctor and printed on official letterhead. Documentation on handwritten prescription pads is not sufficient.
The documentation is submitted to Disability Resources and Services directly. The documentation is confidential and will be used for the sole purpose of determining which accommodations are appropriate.
Student must submit a written, current diagnostic report of any 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, neuropsychologists, audiologists).
The student shall submit a current written diagnostic report of specific learning disabilities that is based on appropriate, comprehensive, psychoeducational evaluations that are no more than three years old, unless testing is done after 18 years of age. The assessment or evaluation which leads to the diagnosis must be administered by a trained and qualified (i.e., certified and/or licensed) professional (e.g., psychologist, school psychologist, neuropsychologist, or educational diagnostician) who has had direct experience with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities.
The student shall submit a current diagnosis (no more than three years old unless testing was done after 18 years of age) of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) that is based on appropriate diagnostic evaluations administered by trained and qualified (i.e., certified or licensed) professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, or neuropsychologists).
The student shall submit a current written diagnostic report (no more than five years old unless the testing was done after 18 years of age) of psychological disabilities that are based on appropriate diagnostic evaluations completed by trained professionals (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, school psychologists, certified professional counselors). If the diagnostic report is more than one year old, a letter from a qualified professional that provides an update of the diagnosis with a description of the individual's current level of functioning during the past year, and a rationale for the requested accommodations must be submitted.
Some disabilities are temporary and may require accommodations for a limited time. Each case is considered individually.
A requirement for documentation prescribed in this regulation may be considered at the discretion of each college's disability services office or designated professional if, in the professional opinion of the responsible college's disability services office or designated professional, such consideration is in the best interest of the student and will neither undermine the integrity of any college offering nor violate any mandate under state or federal law.
All situations shall be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.
Reasonable accommodation is required for students with known disabilities. MCCCD will make every attempt to provide "preferred" accommodations. However, "the most effective and reasonable" accommodation may be determined to meet sufficient accessibility needs.