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Proof of Disability

Proof of Disability (POD) is documentation of a disability that conforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act or to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

Documentation should come from a qualified professional such as a physician, psychologist, psychotherapist, educational psychologist, learning disability specialist, audiologist, neuro-psychologist, or speech/occupational therapist, as detailed in ADR Documentation Administrative Procedure 3.46.02

Proof of Disability documents should contain a clear diagnosis of a specific disability or disabilities and any other pertinent information (e.g., current medication(s), prognosis, and potential impacts associated with educational environments). Diagnostic statements should be on formal letterhead and must be legible.

Examples of Proof of Disability Documents (Including, but not Limited to)

  • IEP/MET/504 plans for students with a history of accommodations in K-12 School
  • An Educational/Psychological Evaluation Report (with diagnosis)
  • A physician's statement of diagnosis
  • A psychologist's report
  • An audiogram
  • An ophthalmologist's/optometrist's report
  • A speech/occupational therapist's report
  • A statement of a specific diagnosis from a qualified professional

Not sure what to bring? Make an appointment to speak with an ADR Program Specialist.

Students should not delay meeting with an ADR Program Specialist out of concern for not having the appropriate documentation. Determinations on individual documentation needs will be made during the initial meeting with the student. Depending on the disability and/or the accommodation(s) requested, additional documentation may or may not be required.

The ADR Program Specialist may authorize interim accommodations for up to one semester, pending the receipt of appropriate documentation and /or a determination of eligibility.