Documentation Requirements

Students must provide supporting documentation that demonstrates how the disability limits participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and/or access to facilities at the University. Documentation of the disability should be relevant and current and from appropriate professionals who are credentialed to diagnose the student’s particular disability. The type of required documentation will vary depending on the nature of the disability and accommodations requested. All documentation should include the diagnosis, the specific functional limitations caused by the disability, recommendations for reasonable accommodations, and a justification statement for each recommendation listed.

Below are the specific documentation requirements for each category followed by a list of Local Diagnostic Testing Resources:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
Hearing Disabilities
Learning Disabilities (LD)
Medical Disabilities
Mobility Disabilities (e.g. limitation on a person's physical functioning, mobility, dexterity or stamina)
Psychological Disabilities
Vision Disabilities
Local Diagnostic Testing Resources

If you are not sure what category your disability falls under, please contact the Accessibility and Disability Service for assistance at (301) 314-7681.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)

Submit a neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation (refer to our ADHD Guide   (pdf)     or a Verification of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder   (pdf)     from a psychiatrist or other professional who has screened the student for and is credentialed to diagnose ADHD. ADHD documentation must be relevant and current. It is in the student's best interest to submit ADHD documentation that has been completed within the last 5 years of registration with ADS. However, we will review and determine the relevance of a student's documentation if it is beyond 5 years.

Hearing Disabilities

Submit a current and complete audiological evaluation from a properly credentialed audiologist.

Learning Disabilities (LD)

Submit a neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation. For more detailed information refer to our Learning Disability Guide   (pdf)     . It is in the student's best interest to submit evaluations that were completed within the last 5 years of registering with ADS. However, we will review and determine the relevance of a student's documentation if it is beyond 5 years.

Medical Disability

Submit a current (within the last 6 months Verification of Medical Disability Form (pdf)  

Mobility Disabilities

(Impairments to limbs, hands, ability to move from one location or another)
Submit relevant and current documentation from a medical provider who is credentialed to diagnose the mobility condition. Documentation could be in the form of the ADS Verification of Medical Disability Form  (pdf)     or other relevant, detailed documentation from a credentialed treatment provider.

  • Students with injuries or conditions that impact daily functioning for a prolonged period (a minimum of 6 weeks) may be eligible for ADS assistance.
  • Students with short-term injuries or conditions that require recovery periods of 6 weeks or less should consult their instructors regarding their temporary academic accommodation needs.
  • Those individuals with short-term injuries or conditions requiring paratransit shuttle service should contact the University Health Center at (301) 314-8667.

Psychological Disabilities

Submit a current (within the last 6 months) Verification of Psychological Disability Form  (pdf)    

Vision Disabilities

Submit a current Verification of Vision Disability  (pdf)     from a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Local Diagnostic Testing Resources

Local Diagnostic Testing Resources document (pdf)