Your official diagnostic documentation must be from a licensed practitioner eligible to diagnose and treat your disability. It should include diagnosis, prognosis, and impact on academic performance.
In order to request and arrange services, students with disabilities who require accommodations to access ACC programs should contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) as soon as possible prior to the semester when they will begin classes.
Students in higher education self-disclose their disabilities in order to formally request services and must submit appropriate diagnostic documentation of these disabilities.
The documentation must include, on letterhead*:
*Diagnosis or other disability information presented on a prescription pad is not considered appropriate documentation and will not be accepted.
*Veterans with disabilities - rating letters with description of the disability you are being rated for will be accepted.
SAS staff review the diagnostic documentation in consultation with the student to identify reasonable, appropriate, and effective accommodations. Final approval of accommodations is at the discretion of SAS staff.
Common diagnostic documentation includes, but is not limited to:
Professional Judgment Statement
When complete documentation is not available or when a student has a disability that is evident (e.g., blind, deaf, paraplegic), SAS staff may use professional judgment to determine that this satisfies the definition of a disability and assign temporary accommodations.
Note: These guidelines are established to ensure services are available for students at the beginning of the semester. Applications for SAS are accepted throughout the semester, and staff will make every effort to provide timely and effective services. However, student failure to follow the above procedures may cause delays in establishing services.