Disability Services

Determining Eligibility

Documentation

According to CUNY Documentation Guidelines (see www.cuny.edu), “Students diagnosed with a disability who request services or accommodations are required to provide appropriate and current documentation…Prior documentation such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a history of receiving accommodations from a former school does not necessarily validate the need for services or continuation of accommodations at the university level…This history can, however, be attached to the current documentation as part of a comprehensive assessment battery…”

Evaluating a Disability

The evaluation for a learning disability should be conducted by an evaluator with comprehensive training with adults with learning disabilities. The evaluation for a psychological disorder should be provided by a professional who is qualified and has appropriate training in diagnosing psychological and psychiatric disorders.

Guidelines for Evaluations

The following guidelines apply for all disability types recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act: The evaluator must be qualified; the evaluation must be current, it must be signed and dated by the evaluator, and it must include recommendations for accommodations. All evaluations must include a detailed history of the functional impact.

Determining a Student’s Eligibility for Services

After a thorough review of documentation, eligibility will be determined by the Office of Disability Services, and accommodations will be provided.

Disabilities (Although This Is Just a Small Sample):

  • Learning Disabilities: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dysphasia, Dyscalculia
  • Psychiatric Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Medical Conditions: Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, HIV, Spinal Injury, Lupus, Seizure Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Low Vision, Blind
  • Hard-of-hearing, Deaf
  • Other students may be in recovery from addiction or have conditions, which present temporary limitations.
 

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