Physical Disabilities

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).

Disability diagnosis categories include

  • Orthopedic disability
  • Blind or visual impairment
  • Deaf or hard-of-hearing
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Other health-related/systemic disabilities

The written diagnostic report must include

  • A clear disability diagnosis, including a clinical history that establishes the date of diagnosis, last contact with the student, and any secondary conditions that might be present.
  • The procedures used to diagnose the disability.
  • A description of any medical and/or behavioral symptoms associated with the disability.
  • A discussion of medications, dosage, frequency, and any adverse side effects attributable to their use that the student has experienced.
  • A clear statement specifying functional manifestations (i.e., substantial limitations to one or more major life activities and degree of severity) due to the disability and/or medications for which the student may require accommodations.
  • A recommendation for accommodation, including rationale. If the accommodation recommendations are specific to limitations in learning (e.g., reading, mathematics, written expression), an appropriate psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation must be administered to document ability/achievement discrepancies.