Student Disability Services at Oklahoma City University asks students who request disability accommodations to describe their disability, their past use of accommodations or the disability’s likely impact on their educational experiences.
Types of documentation supportive of such requests include medical records, psycho-educational testing, and school records. Generally, some documentation will be needed for most disabilities. If you don’t have copies of this type of information, you are welcome to meet with the Student Disability Services Coordinator to discuss other ways to demonstrate a connection between your condition and any academic barriers you anticipate or are facing.
Documentation can provide OCU with information about how your disability affects your ability to think and learn and can provide valuable insight into appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
The use of accommodations in post-secondary institutions is based upon more than just the diagnosis of a disability. It is based upon the severity of impact (Functional Impact) on a major life activity. This is why documentation for a post-secondary institution has to provide more information than just a diagnosis and must address the severity of impact. Another student with the same disability may be impacted differently by his disability; therefore, all accommodations are viewed on a case by case basis.
A student must meet the requirements of each course they enroll in. It is important to separate personal skills and behaviors from academic requirements. A student with a disability should be graded utilizing the same criteria for all students.