Documentation SpecificsDocumentation should include relevant information regarding medications expected to be in use during enrollment and the anticipated impact on studies. Any expenses related to obtaining documentation are your responsibility. Diagnosis documented by family members will not be accepted due to professional and ethical considerations even when family members are otherwise qualified by training and license/certification.
Types of disability
This section is intended to inform you about the type of documentation to support the disability, as well as qualified providers of the documentation. For disabilities not listed here, contact Accessibility Services directly.
- Psychiatrists and relevantly trained medical doctors
- the diagnosis
- functional implications on major life activity within the context of a post-secondary environment
- effects of medication
- issues of impulsivity, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity
- rationale for the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD should also be included.
Adaptive equipment requests will require signatures of both a Psychologist and relevantly trained medical doctor.
Blind or low visionQualified Professionals:
- a statement of vision loss along with supporting numerical description
- present symptoms
- status of the vision loss (static or changing)
- functional implications on major life activity within the context of a post-secondary setting.
Brain injuryQualified Professionals:
- a summary of cognitive and achievement measures used
- evaluation results including standardized scores used to make the diagnosis
- a summary of present residual symptoms
- the impact of medication on the student’s ability to meet the demands of a post-secondary environment
- impact of the disability on major life activities particularly within the context of a post-secondary setting.
Deaf or hard of hearingQualified Professionals:
- For hard of hearing a report within three years indicating the type of hearing loss and status (static or changing)
Deaf blindnessQualified Professionals:
- Audiologists and Ophthalmologists
Gravitying disabilityQualified Professionals:
- Registered Psychologists or Registered School Psychologists with expertise in diagnosing LD
- comprehensive test results including measures of aptitude and achievement in the areas of reading, math and written language
- rationale for the diagnosis of LD
- summary including scores which meet Ministry standards that support the diagnosis, a statement of the student’s strengths, needs, and impact on major life activities that will impact the student’s ability to meet the demands of a post-secondary setting.
- Because learning disabilities are manifested in childhood though not always formally diagnosed, historical information regarding the student’s academic history and learning processes in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary must be investigated and documented.
Mental health disabilitiesQualified Professionals:
- DSM IV diagnosis
- summary of present symptoms and length of illness
- medical information related to the impact of the disability on major life activities within the context of a post-secondary setting, as well as the effects of medication
- student’s current level of functioning and the need for accommodations.
Neurological disabilitiesQualified Professionals:
- summary of cognitive and achievement measures used and evaluation results
- summary of residual symptoms
- impact of medication on the student’s ability to meet the demands of the post-secondary environment
- suggestions of reasonable accommodations appropriate for post-secondary
Physical disabilities and chronic health impairmentsQualified Professionals:
- Orthopaedic Surgeons
- description of assessment procedures, present symptoms, the impact on major life activities
- effects of medication on the student’s ability to meet the demands of a post-secondary setting.