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Guidelines for Documentation of Physical Disabilities

Students with physical disabilities must provide the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) with documentation that meets general documentation guidelines established by this office. This information not only serves to validate the presence of a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is useful in providing information which supports accommodation needs. All documentation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Preferred Documentation

A student seeking accommodations for a physical disability must provide signed documentation from a licensed health care provider. The documentation should include the following information:

  • Diagnosis and date of diagnosis
  • Cause
  • Impact or limitations
  • Medications
    • Side effects (if any) and the impact thereof on cognitive ability


  • Physician's Statement to Determine Eligibility for a Functional or Physical Impairment   .docx  .pdf
  • EIU/OSDS Initial Intake Form   .docx    .pdf
  • EIU/OSDS Exchange of Information Authorization Form   .docx   .pdf
  • EIU/OSDS Release of Information Form   .docx   .pdf