Disability Documentation

The Disability Resource Center relies on student self-report of impairments, conditions and disabilities as well as documentation from professionals in order to determine accommodations. Please contact the Disability Resource Center to obtain documentation criteria for specific conditions.

Disability documentation submitted to The Disability Resource Center from primary caregivers should conform to the following criteria:

1. Documentation must be from a professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience and licensure appropriate to profession.

2. Reports must be on letterhead and signed by documenting professional, including titles and license descriptors as appropriate. Notes on prescription pads will be considered incomplete documentation. Disabilty Services reserves the right to request additional documentation.

3. Diagnostic statement identifying each condition to include: ICD or DSM codes as appropriate. Date and copy of most recent full evaluation. Dates and copies of additional evaluations.

4. Current functional impact of the condition(s) described as clinical narrative and through the provision of specific results from diagnostic procedures. As appropriate to condition(s), include current functional impact on physical (mobility, dexterity and endurance), perceptual, cognitive (attention, distractibility, communication), and behavioral abilities. Descriptions should provide sense of severity, information on variability over time or circumstances, and potential environmental triggers.

5. Treatments, medications or assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use, and their estimated effectiveness in ameliorating the impact of the condition(s). Include any significant side effects that may impact physical, perceptual, behavioral or cognitive performance.

6. The expected progression or stability of the impacts described over time. This information should provide an estimate of the change in the functional impacts of the condition(s) over time and/or recommendations concerning the predictable needs for reevaluation of the condition(s). If the condition is variable, describe interventions (including self-care) for exacerbations.

7. Recommended accommodations, modifications and services. Recommendations should be logically related to the impact of each condition. When connections are not obvious, they should be explained. Recommendations will be deferred to whenever possible, but will be evaluated by the Disability Resource Center in the context of the UIC program or course.

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