Walla Walla College
Policy Regarding Documentation
of a Health or Physical Disability
Students who are seeking support services from Walla Walla College
on the basis of a diagnosed physical disability are required to submit
documentation to verify eligibility. Documentation of a physical
disability consists of a type written letter/medical documentation which
addresses specific academic needs of the student. The cost and
responsibility for providing this information shall be borne by the student.
The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring the
letter is appropriate for documenting eligibility. Documentation presented
to Disabilities Support Services (DSS) will remain in a private confidential
file in the DSS Office. The Director or Coordinator of DSS is available to
consult with physician(s) regarding these guidelines. The letter should:
- Be prepared by an appropriate licensed professional (e.g. physician,
audiologist, ophthalmologist, etc). Additional information may be necessary
from other physicians or from other allied health care providers, such as but
not limited to physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists,
speech pathologists, etc.
- Be comprehensive. The documentation should provide sufficient data to
support the particular academic adjustment(s) requested. Since the documentation
provided constitutes the basis for determining reasonable accommodations,
it is in a student's best interest to provide recent and appropriate
documentation to serve as the basis for decision making about a
student's need for accommodations in an academically competitive environment.
The letter should be on professional letterhead, signed, and include the licensed
professional's title, license number, address, and phone number.
- Present clear and specific evidence, which identifies the individual's
disability/condition, history of the condition, present level of functioning,
symptoms and limitations, and how the student's education may be impacted.
This may also include results of medical tests and their interpretation.
- Provide sufficient data to support the particular academic adjustment(s)
requested. The documentation should demonstrate the individual has a disability
in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Requests which are not supported by proper
documentation will not be approved.
Documentation of a Temporary Disability, which interferes in a
student's ability to participate in programs, services, and activities for an
extended period of time, will be treated on an individual basis and the policy
for disability documentation will apply. However, the documentation provided
should be very current in order to support the need for accommodation.
|Letters should be submitted to:|
|Sue Huett, DSS Coordinator||Phone: 509-527-2366|
|Teaching Learning Center||Fax: 509-527-2090|
|Walla Walla College||Email: email@example.com|
|204 S. College Ave.|
|College Place, WA 99324|