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Physical/Systemic Disabilities

These include but are not limited to: multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, chemical sensitivities, spinal cord injuries, cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida. Any physical disability or systemic illness is considered to be in the medical domain and requires the expertise of a physician, including a neurologist, physiatrist or other medical specialist with experience and expertise in the area for which accommodations are being requested. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.

Recommended documentation includes:

  • A clear statement of the medical diagnosis of the orthopedic/mobility disability or systemic illness.
  • Documentation for eligibility must reflect the current impact the physical disability or systemic illness has on the student’s functioning (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the student’s request for accommodation and the current status of the student). Therefore, disabilities that are sporadic or degenerative may require more frequent evaluation.
  • A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized scores if applicable.
  • A description of present symptoms that meet the criteria for diagnosis.
  • Medical information relating to the student’s needs, including the impact of medication on the student’s ability to meet the demands of the university environment.
  • A statement of the functional limitation of the disability on learning or other major life activity and the degree to which it impacts the individual in the learning context or in the area in which accommodations are being requested. Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if coexistent learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated.