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Documentation

Students with disabilities collect all necessary documentation and confidentially meet with an Accessibility Resource Center staff member. The staff verifies the disability and determines how the disability affects academic work. This is accomplished through discussion with the student and a review of documentation.

Read through the below guidelines for setting up accommodations as a student with a documented disability.


Evaluative Documentation

As the first step in the initiation of services, 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.

Those students with no documentation and suspecting they may have a disability may seek an evaluation from community diagnosticians or health care providers. ARC maintains a contact list of community diagnosticians and clinic psychologists. Please contact the department to request a copy of the list. The cost of the evaluation is the responsibility of the student so please check with your health insurance to see if any of the cost is covered through your health insurance policy.

Special Considerations

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.

Documentation 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.

Documentation may include:

Additional Resources

  Read the Documentation Guidelines

  ARC Diagnosis Verification Form to be filled out by you and your health care provider.

  Policy 2295: Service and Assistance Animals

  Policy 2310: Academic Adjustments