Disability Support Services
What is documentation?
Documentation consists of diagnostic information from a licensed clinical professional
familiar with the history and functional implications of your disability. This information
must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional or institution
(such as a doctor, psychologist, school, or other agency) describing the disability.
What kind of documentation do I need in order to receive services?
- Documentation must originate from a licensed physician, although the information
may be obtained through third party sources, such as school or vocational rehabilitation
- Documentation must be current. (See next question below for further explanation.)
- Additional information may be necessary from other physicians or from other allied
health care providers; for example, physical therapists, occupational therapists,
psychologists, audiologists, or speech pathologists.
- Certain disabilities, which are obvious in nature, may not require documentation.
If my documentation is considered too old, do you have any suggestions for obtaining
current documentation? Is there any assistance available to help pay for it?
You will have to contact your doctor or evaluator to obtain a current analysis of
your condition at your cost. You may qualify for an evaluation at no cost to you
if you are eligible for services through a state vocational rehabilitation agency.
You may locate your state vocational rehabilitation agency through the
Department of Education web page.
Will an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) qualify as documentation?
An Individualized Education Plan may help identify services that have been effective
for you and may indicate a history of services, but it is generally not sufficient
documentation. This is because postsecondary education presents different demands
than high school, and what you need to meet these new demands may vary from what
was provided to you in high school. If the documentation you have does not meet
the requirements, you will be told what new or additional information needs to be
supplied before services can be rendered.