To qualify for services and/or accommodations from the Office of Disability Services, the student is required to provide documentation that adequately verifies the nature and extent of the disability and must clearly substantiate the need for service and/or accommodation. It is important that the documentation clearly establishes that the student has a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and that the documentation clearly supports the individual's request for accommodation. If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, the college has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional documentation when the original records are inadequate or a second professional opinion is necessary is borne by the student.
Prior documentation may have been useful in determining appropriate services at secondary schools. However, documentation must validate the need for services based on the candidate's current level of functioning in the educational setting. A school plan such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan is insufficient documentation in and of itself but can be included as part of a more comprehensive assessment battery. A comprehensive assessment battery and the resulting diagnostic report must include a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, measure of academic achievement, and information processing.
Upon making a request for accommodations and providing the required documentation to the Office of Disability Services, students will be provided with information about how to access the accommodations identified for their use.
While submitted documentation may meet guidelines and be deemed acceptable to MacMurray College, it is important to be aware that it may or may not meet the documentation guidelines required in another academic institution or testing organization.
The following documentation guidelines are provided in the interest of ensuring that documentation of a disability demonstrates a significant impact on major life activity and supports the individual's request for accommodation.