Student Accessibility Services

Documentation

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will review and consider all pieces of information submitted. SAS takes into consideration the student’s personal narrative of their experience of barriers, past accommodation history, and supporting documentation related to their condition when making accommodation determinations. Documentation assists Student Accessibility Services in understanding how the condition impacts the student in an postsecondary education setting and the current impact of the condition as it relates to the accommodations requested. Reviewing documentation is a collaborative process and is handled on a case-by-case basis. The eligibility determination process is not a same day process. Once the Accessibility Accommodation Request is received, it will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that the request be submitted well in advance of any accommodation-related needs. Students will be notified immediately upon request submission. Typically, a request is processed within 2-10 business days of receipt. Once an Accessibility Accommodation Request is processed, SAS will follow up with the student via email with information on their next steps.

Types of supportive documentation may include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal Narrative
  • Past Accommodation History
  • Psychoeducational or Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan
  • Letter from a Current Physician or Psychologist
  • Relevant Medical Records
  • Summary of Performance or Support for Accommodation Request Form (SAR Form) - Iowa Residents

For housing and/or dining accommodation requests, students can have their medical providers complete the Evaluator Form for Dining and Residence Hall Accommodations.

Considerations into the decision of the student's Accessibility Accommodation Request regarding supporting documentation include:

  • Documentation supports that the student is an individual with a disability as defined under the following laws, as applicable: the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • A clear relationship between the student's requested accommodation and their supporting information
  • The condition and it's impact were not readily apparent by the information provided
  • The student's request is required to obtain equal access to programs and services at the University of Northern Iowa