Western University of Health Sciences Harris Family Center for Disability & Health Policy (CDHP) Western University of Health Sciences
Harris Family Center for Disability & Health Policy (CDHP)

Documentation Guidelines

Western University documentation guidelines for students with disabilities are also included in the AARC Student Handbook.

Students with disabilities who are requesting support services in the form of academic accommodations, academic adjustments, or auxiliary aids from AARC are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Eligibility for services and determination of the individual needs of each student are based on the quality of the submitted documentation. Students also need to meet with the Assistant Director of AARC for an intake appointment to review their documentation and share additional relevant information. These guidelines are designed to assist the service provider in collaborating with each student to ensure that the documentation is complete and to determine appropriate accommodations. They are intended to give the service provider as much detailed information as necessary to provide individualized accommodations. These documentation guidelines have been provided to assist students in obtaining appropriate documentation from qualified professionals. Appropriate documentation of a disability is only one part of determining necessary accommodations. The provision of appropriate documentation to an institution helps students educate appropriate staff and faculty about the impact of their disabilities, needs, and potential accommodations. Institutions may request documentation for the following reasons:

The Assistant Director of AARC reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of submitted documentation on a case-by-case basis utilizing the professional judgment of AARC staff. Additional information may be requested to determine eligibility for services. All information regarding a student’s disability is confidential and will not be shared with anyone without the consent of the student. All documentation and files relating to a student’s disability are housed in the AARC office and are not part of the student’s college record.

The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.

In order to provide reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations to those students at the University who have disabilities, AARC requires documentation that states the current disability and its impact on academic functioning. Therefore, the documentation the student provides to AARC must include the following information:

Please send disability documentation to:((((((()))))))

Western University of Health Sciences
Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy (CDHP)
Accommodations and Resource Center
ATTN: Sandra Rainwater-Lawler, Assistant Director AARC
309 E. Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
Telephone: 909-469-5297
Email: slawler@westernu.edu


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