Low Vision and Blind Documentation Guidelines

The Accessibility Resource Center provides academic accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities. Students are required to provide comprehensive documentation to verify that the diagnosed disorder or condition meets the legal definition of disability covered under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 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”.

Students requesting accommodations on the basis of low vision or blindness must provide the following documentation:

  • An ocular assessment or evaluation from an appropriate eye care professional, such as an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
  • A low-vision evaluation of residual visual function, when appropriate.
  • Disability Assessment Form of the functional limitations of the condition(s) for which accommodations is being requested, and whether the degree of limitation is mild, moderate or substantial.

Additional assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if co-existing conditions are indicated.
The diagnostic report must include the name, title, and license number of the evaluator. Evaluation reports should be printed and/or scanned and contain the company’s official letterhead or appropriate watermark. The evaluator may not be a relative of the student.

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. 

Upload documentation when completing the online application or via ARConnect

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

July 2019