AccessibleNU staff and students work together via an interactive process to determine appropriate academic accommodations. The process works best when AccessibleNU staff has the opportunity to review documentation prior to an accommodation meeting as it provides supporting information for accommodation requests.
The most beneficial documentation:
- has been completed by a licensed professional unrelated to the student
- references a diagnosis of their condition
- defines the functional limitations they will experience in an academic environment
Documentation is not intended to put a student in the position of proving their disability and is weighed in conjunction with the student's self report. It is important to remember that a diagnosis alone does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations and the condition must have a significant impact on the student's functioning to be considered for accommodations. Documentation for obvious disabilities is typically not needed.
If you do not currently have documentation, you can have your provider complete the ANU verification form.
Documentation that does not include diagnostic information, such as Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, and accommodation letters from previous institutions, can be submitted to establish a history of receiving accommodations. This information may also provide helpful insight regarding disability barriers experienced in other educational settings.
Board, licensing, and third-party testing agencies such as ETS, USMLE, and state bar associations often require more extensive documentation than AccessibleNU for accommodations. Check with each testing agency for specific documentation requirements to ensure there is time to obtain additional testing if needed.