- Student schedules an appointment with the director or assistant coordinator of disabilities services at their appropriate campus
- Student completes a "Self Identification and Authorization Form"
- Student provides documentation of disability to the Office of Disabilities Services (during appointment)
- When approved, student receives the "Confidential Accommodations Request Form" and provides this to each of his/her instructors
The College requires documentation of a student’s disability before providing accommodations for each disability. Typically, documentation needs to be no more than three years old. It needs to be comprehensive and establish that you have "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." This is the ADA definition of a disability. Ideally, you should see if your high school can conduct a comprehensive evaluation during your senior year.
Please note that a school plan such as an individualized education plan (IEP) or a 504 plan is not sufficient documentation to receive accommodations.
Self-advocacy: An essential college skill
Self-advocacy is not the ability to win arguments or fight for your rights. Rather, it is the ability to effectively articulate your talents and abilities as well as what you need to succeed. You should:
- Know yourself and your disability
- Be able to explain your disability to others
- Be able to explain your needed compensatory strategies
- Take initiative and communicate