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 Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services is available to consult with students or diagnosticians regarding the following guidelines.
Licensed Physicians with expertise in the area of disability, (i.e. Neurologist, Orthopedist, Psychiatrist).
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.
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 Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services.
Students seeking qualified professionals for assessments may find referral sources from disability services staff at a college or university, or from a physician. The Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services is available to assist with selection criteria for a qualified professional.
All documentation is confidential and should be sent to:
Student Accessibility Services
Center for Academic Excellence
Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461