Documentation is the report that is generated by the professional who has diagnosed an individual’s disability. It provides the official basis of the student’s claim that he or she is a person with a disabling condition.
This report usually discusses:
The law allows the college to request this documentation when the student requests accommodations. However, at Empire State College, proof of a disability is not required for most accommodation requests. Typical accommodations include requests for extended time, note taker support for residencies and study groups and sign language interpreters, among others.
The following accommodations require documentation:
In addition, your center disability representative may determine that more information is needed when reviewing your request for accommodations.
In those instances, your request for accommodations will be forwarded to the Office of Collegewide Disability Services for review. The office will request that you forward documentation of your disability to process the request.
If you have not been diagnosed with a disabling condition and suspect you have one, or if your current documentation is old, you may want to be (re)tested for the presence of a disability.
Read about information about resources for testing for a disability and obtaining documentation in this student handbook.
When requested, students must submit documentation that meets the following criteria:
All documentation is housed in the Office of Collegewide Disability Services at the coordinating center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. with access restricted to those with an educational need to know, in accordance with federal law.
According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):
Taken from: Enforcement Guidance: Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Number 915.002, October 17, 2002..
Students may be employed in environments that have disability-documentation policies that are different from those at Empire State College, thus necessitating the need for documentation.
Return to Student Handbook or continue to Recordkeeping and Confidentiality.