Eligibility for Services

All prospective students are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) in the early stages of their college planning. Pre-admission services include meeting with an  OARS Coordinator to provide information about eligibility for academic support services and accommodations, appropriate documentation of disability, housing considerations, and transition issues.

Verification forms for various disabilities are accessible on this website. If you prefer to type information, please click on the editable version of the appropriate verification form. Then, print it and make sure that the qualified diagnosing professional signs it before submission to the OARS

In order to receive services from the OARS, you must provide documentation of your disability from an appropriate professional.

The following is a list of requirements specific to each disability. Students with other types of disabilities should consult with  OARS staff to determine the documentation needed.

It is helpful if the diagnosing professional for all disabilities suggests appropriate accommodations in an academic setting. The intent of the office is not to exclude students from the use of services, but to ensure that those with legitimate disabilities who have current functional limitations receive appropriate services. 504 plans alone are not acceptable documentation and must be accompanied by supporting documentation.  Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) that include test scores are considered acceptable documentation.

Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity  Disorder: A copy of a diagnostic report from within the last three years, which states the DSM diagnosis, symptoms, and functional limitations; instruments and procedures used to make the diagnosis; and the dosage, type, and frequency of medication or a qualified professional letter from your primary care physician.

Learning Disability: A copy of a comprehensive psycho-educational test battery administered within the last five to seven years, with a statement of diagnosis, academic limitations resulting from the disability, and type of learning disability (all test scores must include subtest scores); a copy of a recent IEP and Multifactored Evaluation, if available.

Psychiatric Disability: A DSM diagnosis from a psychologist or psychiatrist stating diagnosis, characteristics of the disability, functional limitations, projected duration, and medication.

Medical Disability/ Chronic Illness: Statement of diagnosis, functional limitations, impact of the disability in an academic setting, and medication, including side effects.

Mobility Impairment: Diagnosis of mobility impairment and a statement of functional limitations, medications, dosages, and side effects.