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Eligibility for Services
Individuals who are seeking support services from Eastern Connecticut State University are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act 2008 (ADAAA). Under the ADAAA and Section 504 individuals with disabilities are guaranteed certain protections and rights to equal access to programs and services. Eligibility for accommodations is determined on a case by case basis based upon the documentation. Therefore, it is in an individual's best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation. In most cases this means that a diagnostic evaluation has been completed within the past three years. The documentation must include a copy of the initial evaluation, any updated testing results and a summary of performance (SOP). The documentation should provide an assessment of the current impact of the disability on academic performance.
Students must submit disability documentation to the Office of AccessAbility Services for review in order to determine eligibility. Disability documentation must adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques, and it must clearly substantiate the need for all of the student's specific accommodation requests. Students requesting accommodations for the manifestation of multiple disabilities must provide evidence of all such conditions that are not self-evident. Documentation must include a list of all tests administered, an explanation of how they were performed complete with an analysis of the test results. Documentation must also include an assessment of the disability's impact on learning and the credentials of the evaluator.
If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, Eastern Connecticut State University has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional documentation when the original records are inadequate is the responsibility of the student. If the documentation is complete, but Eastern Connecticut State University desires a second professional opinion, then the University bears the latter cost. 
Definitions
Disability: A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. One who meets one or more of the following:
Major Life Activities: Include, but are not limited to: caring for oneself, speaking, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing and learning.
Substantially Limit: Unable to perform or significantly restricted as compared to persons without such disability.
A Person with a Disability:
  • Has such a physical or mental impairment
  • Has a record of such impairment and/or
  • Is regarded as having such impairment
Reasonable Accommodations: Those which do not result in a significant alteration of the position, program or activity or incur undue financial and administrative burdens.
Documentation Guidelines
When providing documentation to the OAS please adhere to the following guidelines for your specific disability type.
Same as previously stated, “these guidelines are provided to students and applicants for their general information and guidance only. They do not constitute a contract, either express or implied, and is subject to revision at the University’s discretion”