Physical, Medical, Mobility and Chronic Health Conditions

The Accessibility Resource Center provides academic accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities. Students are required to provide comprehensive documentation to verify that a diagnosed disorder meets the legal definition of disability covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADAAA, 2009).

The ADAAA defines disability as a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities”. Merely submitting evidence of a diagnosis is not sufficient to warrant academic accommodations. Documentation from a recognized agency such as DVR, may be considered, but specific accommodation requests may require the documentation outlined below.

Students may have their physician complete the ARC Disability Assessment Form. A physician, or other medical specialist with experience and expertise in the area related to the student’s disability, should make the diagnosis.
Conditions may include, but are not limited to, mobility impairments, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, cerebral palsy, chemical sensitivities, spinal cord injuries, cancer, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, diabetes, AIDS, asthma, etc. The diagnostician should not be related to the student.

Students may:

  • Have their physician complete the Disability Assessment Form
    -or-
  • Provide an evaluation from their physician which includes the following information:
    1. Diagnosis: A clear statement of the physical disability or medical condition.
      • a. Approximate date of onset
      • b. Date of last clinical contact: The assessment must be current. Because conditions may change over time current evaluations are critical in providing reasonable accommodations. In general, this means that evaluations must have been completed within the three years prior to the accommodations request. In cases where a condition is permanent and unchanging (e.g. cerebral palsy, amputation, etc.) ARC may require a current statement of functional limitations from a qualified provider.
    2. Evaluation:
      • a. Assessment procedures and evaluation instruments that have been used to make the diagnosis.
      • b. Narrative of evaluation results including standardized scores, if applicable.
      • c. Present symptoms and degree of severity that meet the criteria for the diagnosis.
      • d. Current treatment
    3. Functional limitations: Should be determined WITHOUT consideration of mitigating measures (i.e. medication, etc.). If condition is episodic in nature, level of functioning should be assessed based on active phase of symptoms.
      • a. Impact on major life activities
      • b. Limitations and impact of the disability particularly in the academic setting.
      • c. Any additional substantial limitations
      • d. Other: medication side effects, impact of treatment, etc.
    4. Accommodations: History of accommodations and recommendations.

Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if co-existing learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated.

The diagnostic report must include the name and title, and license number of the evaluator. Evaluation reports should be signed and on letterhead.

General Guidelines for all Disabilities
It is understood that accommodation needs can change over time and are not always identified during the initial diagnostic process. A prior history of accommodation, without demonstration of current need, does not in and of itself warrant provision of accommodations. ARC will make the final determination on eligibility for services based upon the documentation and an interview with the student.

Documentation submitted to ARC is considered confidential and maintained separately from the student’s educational record.

Documentation should be sent to the following address:

Accessibility Resource Center
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413 Milwaukee, WI. 53201

Fax to: (414) 229-2237
Email to: archelp@uwm.edu