To receive accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the ADAAA, it is recommended that students discuss their individual situation with Accessibility Services.
To receive accommodations, students will also need to provide a complete history of the impact of their disorder and any requested accommodations to accessibility services staff. Depending on each situation, students may be asked to provide additional information, such as a supplemental report of their disability.
This report must come from a professional who is qualified to make a diagnosis (e.g., a cardiologist for a heart issue, a psychologist or psychiatrist for a mental health disability) discussing the impact of the disorder, providing supportive date, and recommend appropriate accommodations. The professional must not be a relative. Please see criteria under Elements of Expected Documentation.
The report must be current so that a determination of appropriate and reasonable accommodation may be made.
For new students with a learning disability, AD(H)D, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, a Psychological Educational Evaluation using adult scales completed within three years prior to matriculation at Oberlin is considered current.
For new students with mental health disorders or chronic health impairments characterized by a fluctuation of symptoms, a letter from the treating health care provider within the past six months prior to matriculation at Oberlin is considered current.
For new students with sensory disorders and mobility impairments, the timeliness of the report depends upon the constancy of the disorder in order to be considered current.
In general, conditions that fluctuate require more frequent documentation than conditions that are static. Updated documentation may be requested while a student is enrolled at Oberlin if the student’s needs should change and additional information is necessary to make a determination of appropriate and reasonable accommodation.
If you need to have your doctor prepare supporting documentation, please give your doctor this list of criteria: Elements of Expected Documentation.