Disability Documentation Guidelines
Documentation is the paperwork that provides Disability Services with the information necessary to show that you have a disability. The documentation should provide descriptions and details regarding how your disability limits your ability to function in an academic setting. You must provide documentation unless:
Gateway does not test for disabilities. However we may refer students to the appropriate Vocational Rehabilitation agency for testing. You may find that your mental health provider or medical practitioner has the documentation information needed by Disability Services.
Documentation of a disability is usually created by a professional qualified to make such diagnosis. This can include but is not limited to: medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors. Documentation should include the information below. However, depending on the disability, some of the sections may not apply.
Examples of documentation verification include, but are not limited to, a psycho-educational report, a neuropsychological report, an audiogram, a vision report, a narrative from a professional, or medical records containing diagnosis and treatment.
Contact Disability Services for guidelines on professionals qualified to complete your disability documentation. Disability Services has a Documentation Verification Form that your professional can complete.
An Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan can be used as documentation. To use an IEP or 504 Plan as documentation, it should contain the following information:
Disability Services may request a copy of the most recent multidisciplinary evaluation if the IEP does not provide enough specific information to make a decision on accommodations.
Gateway does not have to provide the same accommodations that are on the IEP or 504 Plan. These plans were developed to meet Special Education and elementary or secondary anti-discrimination laws. The accommodations on the IEP or 504 Plan may be unreasonable in a college setting.
A professional’s accommodation recommendations are considered. However, the college is not obligated to provide accommodations recommended by your professional. Again, this is looked at on a case-by-case basis.
Accommodations may be provided for one semester with inadequate or incomplete documentation.