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Guidelines for Documentation of Medical Disabilities

Students with learning 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.

Medical/Health Disabilities

Students who have been diagnosed with a medical condition which limits a major life activity of the individual may qualify for accommodations through the Office of Student Disability Services.

Preferred Documentation

Students seeking accommodations for a medical disability must submit documentation from a qualified health care provider. The documentation should include the following information:

  • Diagnosis, date of diagnosis
  • Cause of condition
  • Impact or limitations
  • Medications
    • Side effects, if any, and the impact thereof on cognitive ability
  • Physician's Statement to Determine Eligibility for a medical disability   .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

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