Guidelines for Documentation of a Medical Disability
To qualify for services, a student must provide documentation of a diagnosed medical disability. The guidelines that follow are provided to assure that evaluation reports are appropriate to determine eligibility and to support requests for reasonable accommodations. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) staff is available to consult with students or diagnosticians regarding the following guidelines.
Practitioners Who Can Provide a Diagnosis
Licensed Physicians with expertise in the area of disability, (i.e. Neurologist, Orthopedist, Psychiatrist)
Recency of Documentation
If the physical disability or other medical condition is stable, then the original diagnosis along with recent documentation of the current impact of the condition is needed. If physical condition is unstable, it is best to provide documentation that is as close as possible to the date that accommodations are requested, usually within the last six months.
Contents of Documentation
A specific medical diagnosis.
- Functional limitations on major life activities as a result of the physical or medical condition. These may include but are not limited to:
- Limitations on functional activity such as walking, sitting, reaching, etc., should be as detailed as possible.
- Ability to physically attend classes
- Cognitive impact due to medical treatment
- Evidence to support the functional limitations statements made in #2. This may include but is not limited to:
- Clinical observation/interview
- Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy Evaluation or Report
- Physician Evaluation or Report
- Recommended Accommodations. All accommodations should be directly related to functional limitations listed in #2. The rationale for each recommendation should be contained in #3 above.
- Recommendations for other supports, strategies or services that may benefit the individual in a higher education environment. This includes suggestions for the use of adaptive equipment and assistive technology. Also discuss how the use of medications may affect impairments or functional abilities and how any side effects from medication may impact the student’s ability to perform adequately in the post-secondary setting.
- Other pertinent diagnoses or recommendations for other evaluations that may be needed. This should also include any anticipated changes in the student’s condition.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list or to restrict assessment in other pertinent areas. Acceptable alternative evaluations may be determined by the ODS.
Students seeking qualified professionals for assessments may find referral sources from disability services staff at a college or university, or from a physician. ODS staff at KSC are available to assist with selection criteria for a qualified professional.
All documentation should be submitted directly to our office through mail or fax:
Office of Disability Services
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2609
Fax: 603-358-2313 (confidential line)