To provide accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the ADAAA, Disability Resources recommends that students discuss their individual situation and provide a history of the impact of the disorder and accommodations.
Depending on each situation, some students will be asked to provide additional information, such as a supplemental report of their disability.
The report must come from a professional who is qualified to make a diagnosis, to discuss the impact of the disorder, and to recommend appropriate accommodations. The professional must not be a relative.
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 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.
Recommendations for elements of the report are in the Elements of Quality Documentation .