CETL—For Prospective Students & Families

Supporting Documentation for Students with Disabilities

Upon disclosing the existence of a disability, students may be asked to forward supporting documentation to the local Disability Support Coordinator. Supporting documentation must be submitted on letterhead that is dated, typed, and signed and be provided by a qualified physician, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or other health care provider. Supporting documentation should not be provided by a family member. Disability documentation must:

  • Be sufficient to establish a direct link between the underlying condition and the requested accommodation.
  • Include a description of the functional limitations of the disabling condition as they relate to the major life activity impacted by the diagnosis.

It is often helpful if disability documentation includes:

  • History of onset of the diagnosis
  • The methodologies used to determine the diagnosis
  • The diagnosis
  • The suggested accommodations

The University often will provide the specific accommodations requested, but may not be legally required to do so if there is another effective accommodation available. If you receive a letter requesting additional information, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Prospective students are encouraged to speak with a Disability Support Coordinator to describe their accommodation needs and to inquire about CETL services and procedures. Upon accepting an offer to attend the University of Rochester, students who wish to receive classroom accommodations should send their documentation to our office for review.

Supporting Documentation Checklist

Please submit documentation of a disability to:

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
University of Rochester
1-154 Dewey Hall
P.O. Box 270359
Rochester, NY 14627-0359
Fax: 585-273-1116