The steps required to request accommodations from SDS are simple and straightforward! The sooner you submit your request and supporting documentation, the sooner we can approve your accommodations and ensure they will be in place when you need them. Read on to find more information about the steps to begin the accommodation request process, different types of accommodations, and requesting temporary accommodations.
Requesting Accommodations for the First Time: Your Roadmap
Provider Documentation Guidelines
SDS Documentation Policy
Students must coordinate with their current treatment provider to obtain appropriate documentation. It is most common for students with learning disabilities or ADHD to submit psychoeducational testing. Please note per OCR (Office for Civil Rights), an IEP may not be sufficient for granting accommodations. Documentation may be in the form of diagnostic testing or a letter of support from the current, treating healthcare provider. Supporting documentation must include the following information:
Submitted on formal letterhead from the treating provider
Include the treating provider’s signature and license number
All documentation must be submitted in English
Within a relevant time frame
Include a formal diagnosis
All documentation requires the following elements:
Functional limitation based on objective evidence
The need for accommodation(s) based on objective evidence
We have a template letter that you may wish to share with your provider when requesting documentation from them.
Guidelines Specific to Emotional Support Animals
In an effort to better assist students requesting emotional support animal (ESA) or assistance animals accommodation in the residence halls, the University has developed separate guidelines for ESA documentation:
These guidelines are based on the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) best practices for documentation.