To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services, students must first submit current and comprehensive documentation to the DSO that demonstrates a substantial limitation to one or more major life activities as defined under the ADA.
In general, the documentation must be no more than three years old. It must include verification of the diagnosis, severity, and duration of disabling condition, and be prepared and signed by a qualified professional typed or printed on official letter head. It must include a detailed description of current functional limitations resulting from the disability in an educational setting, and recommendations for accommodations that are directly linked to the impact of the disability not simply to the diagnosis. It is at the discretion of Worcester State University and the DSO to determine accommodations as reasonable. Accommodations cannot conflict with the essential components of a course or degree.
Note: IEP’s and 504 plans are not sufficient documentation to determine eligibility for services.
The records kept in the DSO are strictly confidential and are not part of a student’s academic record. Information regarding a student’s diagnosis or documentation will not be released without the student’s informed written consent.
To assist students in ensuring they submit appropriate documentation, specific guidelines have been established for a wide variety of disabilities. Please click on the appropriate link below.
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorders
Blind or Visual Disabilities
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Physical or Mobility Disabilities
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Chronic Medical and Degenerative Conditions