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The documentation of disability is written proof that a disability exists. Documentation is necessary to determine if there is a substantial limitation to a major life activity such as learning, walking, talking, seeing, hearing, etc. It also provides information the college needs in order to consider accommodations for equal access. Documentation of disability is kept in a secured site in the Access office, separate from the student's college file.

The Access offices use the documentation to:

  • Determine if the documentation certifies that a disability is present.
  • Determine if the documentation shows that the disability causes a substantial limitation to a major life activity such as learning, hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, etc.
  • Determine eligibility for specific accommodations for equal access.

Responsibility for Documentation

The student is responsible for providing documentation of disability to the college. For more information about the documentation requirements for specific disabilities, the student should contact the Access office at the campus he/she plans to attend. Documentation must reflect current functioning and be based on an adult assessment.

Documentation can come from a variety of sources such as:

  • The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Special School District of St. Louis County
  • St. Louis Public Schools, Department of Special Education
  • Private physicians
  • Licensed psychologists
  • Metropolitan Employment and Rehabilitation Services
  • Veterans Administration
  • Office serving students with disabilities at other colleges/universities

Delivering documentation:

  • Sign a Release of Information form so that the Access office can obtain written permission to send for documentation.
  • Have it mailed or faxed by the qualified professional.

Note: The Access office reserves the right to refuse documentation that is hand-carried to the Access office.