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Documentation Guidelines

Purpose of Documentation
Documentation is needed in order to determine if a student is eligible for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Since reasonable accommodations vary from student to student, documentation is needed to describe the functional limitations of a disabling condition on an individual student so that appropriate accommodations can be determined. Accessibility Services may waive the requirement for documentation if the disability is readily apparent, such as blindness or paraplegia.

Acceptable Documentation

  • Documentation must substantiate the presence of a disability: a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Documentation must be written by an appropriate professional who is qualified to assess the functional limitations of the disabling condition on the individual student and render conclusions about the need for accommodations.
  • Documentation should be reflective of present-day status of a student’s functioning.
  • Examples of appropriate documentation include but are not limited to neuropsychological evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations, medical evaluations, and audiograms.
  • Please note that Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans from secondary education may not be sufficient for the purpose of determining reasonable accommodations in college, but may be helpful supplemental documentation.

Accessibility Services reserves the right to determine whether submitted documentation supports the need for reasonable accommodations based on the functional impact of the disability in the college environment.

For students requesting remote participation as an accommodation, follow the procedure linked below, with specific documentation guidelines. 

Procedure for Remote Participation as an Accommodation

Documentation Guidelines for Remote Participation as an Accommodation

For more information

Phone and Email Address
Elizabeth Atkinson Elizabeth Atkinson
Director of Accessibility Services
203 Peabody Hall
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401