Information for Current Students
Documentation submitted to ARC must:
- Verify a disability -- The ADAAA defines a disability as a substantial limitation of a major life function.
- Include a specific diagnosis which describes the nature of the permanent disability and it’s functional limitations in an academic environment as well as other university settings.
- Include specific recommendations for academic adjustments or accommodations -- Academic adjustment needs can change over time and are not always identified through the initial diagnostic process. A prior history of accommodation, without demonstration of current need, does not in itself warrant the provision of a similar accommodation.
- Be signed by the medical or mental health professional or diagnostician.
- Be timely and typed/written on professional letterhead stationary.
- Be given to a counselor at the Accessibility Resource Center who will begin the intake process.
Some programs of study may require students to take licensing or certification exams prior to graduation. Determination of academic adjustment is made by the national licensing or certification body, not UNM. It is important to research documentation requirements early in your program as it may be necessary to seek a reevaluation (at your expense) prior to the request for accommodations from the national testing body.
Applicants to, or students in, the UNM School of Medicine and the Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy should contact the UNM School of Medicine Programs’ liaison for information on requesting academic adjustments.
Applicants to, or students in, the UNM Law School should notify the Law School Assistant Dean for Student Services as well as ARC.
- Submit documentation via email, mail, fax to 505-277-3750, or in person.
- Documentation may include:ARC Documentation Committee meets to determine appropriate accommodations.
- Letter from doctor
- ARC Diagnosis Verification Request
- DSM diagnosis
- Psychological evaluation
- ARC staff will contact student to set up an intake appointment via email.
- Accommodations will begin within fifteen (15) business days after intake appointment in accordance with UNM Policy 2310 whenever possible.
Transition to College
The differences between the accommodation process in high school and the university can pose an initial challenge for students who are use to the secondary school environment. These differences can largely be contributed to the laws that govern the provision of accommodations in the post-secondary and secondary settings. Colleges and universities are governed by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These laws ensure equal access to individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to meet the essential demands of a university program. High schools, in addition to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and ADA, are primarily governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is an entitlement law that requires that children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate education. Incoming students will find that at UNM there is a greater emphasis on personal responsibility and self-advocacy as compared to a secondary setting. Accessibility Services is here to facilitate a smooth transition between these two educational environments.
Guidelines for Documentation
Students requesting services from Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) are required to submit documentation of a disability to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the University of New Mexico Policy 2310. ADAAA defines a disability as a substantial limitation of a major life function. The diagnostic report must document a disability. It is important to recognize that academic adjustment needs can change over time and are not always identified through the initial diagnostic process. Conversely, a prior history of accommodation, without demonstration of current need, does not in and of itself warrant the provision of a like accommodation.
Read the Documentation Guidelines for a full text.
Please download the Diagnosis Verification Request to be filled out by you and your health care provider.
Services provided by the Accessibility Resource Center are confidential. We do not release information to any persons or agencies without the written consent of the student, who must fill out a Release/Disclosure Authorization Form. Information may be released pursuant to a subpoena or under circumstances that might pose a danger to the student or others, in situations of suspected child abuse, or under circumstances where UNM officials have a need to know.
Resources on Campus
- UNM Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) – Students who receive authorization from the Student Health Center can be issued temporary handicap placards for up to 6 weeks at no cost, which will allow the student to park closer to their Residence Hall and/or classroom. Additionally, PATS offers free shuttle service to the campus community. Please visit the PATS website for more information on the transportation opportunities at: http://parking.unm.edu
- Student Health Center – The Student Health Center may verify temporary injuries and issue a letter to Parking and Transportation Services for a temporary handicap placard, which will assist in making your campus parking a bit easier.
See Student Resources for additional resources on campus.
There are a number of medical rental businesses in the Albuquerque area, who can offer several possible resolutions for getting to your courses. You should contact your insurance provider to see how they might assist with the cost of such equipment. Additionally, you should communicate with your physician to see what appropriate equipment might be available to assist with getting to and from your courses.
See Off Campus Resources for additional resources off campus.
ARC Student Handbook
For more thorough information on disability accommodations through ARC, you can access the Student Handbook here.