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Disability Documentation Guidelines

The following are the criteria to be applied for determining a disability among University of New Haven students. The purpose of this criteria is two-fold:

  • to give practitioners a set of guidelines to follow when evaluating individuals who are/will be attending the University of New Haven
  • the criteria are used to determine a student's eligibility for receiving services that are directly provided by the Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) and for receiving accommodations that are recommended by the ARC office.

 Any incoming student who is requesting services and/or reasonable accommodations who does not meet the University criteria of a student with a disability according to state and/or federal regulations may be required to undergo further evaluation for consideration of receiving academic accommodations and services.

  • For a list of Connecticut resources for acquiring additional testing, please see Connecticut Resources for Assessment Services, located here.

 For ALL Documentation/Diagnostic Reports

 1. All diagnostic reports/letters of evaluation must include the names, titles, and professional credentials (e.g. licensed psychologist) of the evaluators as well as the dates of testing.  All reports must be typed.  Handwritten scores or summary sheets are not acceptable.

 2. Recommendations for reasonable accommodations must be included and should be based on objective evidence of a substantial limitation to a major life activity, should be supported by specific test results or clinical observation(s).  Reports should establish the rationale for any accommodation that is recommended, using test data to document the need.

 3. Because the provision of all appropriate reasonable accommodations and services is based upon assessment of the current impact of the disability on academic performance, documentation of a disability must be current.  Documentation of a learning disability or ADD/ADHD must be within the past three (3) to five (5) years. (Exceptions may be made for graduate students and some transfer students.) Documentation of psychiatric disabilities must be within the past three (3) to six (6) months.

 4. Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if co-existing learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated.

 5. In addition, the Accessibility Resources Center reserves for itself the right to require its own evaluation of a student when it is dissatisfied with the quality of the presenting documentation. 

To view guidelines for a specific disability, please click the appropriate documentation guideline on the left.  The following documentation guidelines are available:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
  • Psychiatric/Emotional Disorders
  • Physical/Chronic Health Related Disorders
  • Head Injury/Acquired Brain Injury
  • Blind/Low Vision/Other Visual Disorders Not Related to Acuity
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired
  • Past Drug Addiction/Alcoholism
  • Temporary Medical Conditions