Documentation should come from an appropriate professional.
The type and recency of documentation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Information is also gathered through the DSS Application and the intake
interview with the student. DSS reserves the right to request updated
documentation as appropriate, depending on the age of the student (currently and
at the time of the evaluation/diagnosis), and/or the type of accommodations
To determine eligibility for services, the University requests the following information about the disability and how it impacts major life activities:
Description of the diagnosis and need for accommodation, which may include relevant medical, social or educational impact. History of the use of educational accommodations is not required but is often helpful. Copies of high school IEPs or 504 Plans can also be useful.
Description of the impact of this condition on major
life activities such as learning, seeing, hearing, etc. This may be provided
by thorough description of current impact (in the classroom, while taking
tests, etc.). A generic statement such as “student has learning disabilities
and needs appropriate accommodations” may not be sufficient. Students are
encouraged to contact DSS to determine if updated evaluation information is
needed. Note that testing data may be required to approve some academic
accommodations (such as extended time beyond 1 ½ time or provision of
alternate format materials such as e-text).
Documentation typically involves tests in the area of intelligence/aptitude and academic achievement. DSS requests that reports contain applicable subtest scores, with standard scores and percentiles. Achievement testing may include assessment of reading comprehension, math and/or written language. Formal inventories or classroom/testing observations and a summary of the achievement testing addressing significant strengths or weakness may be helpful in providing a complete picture of the accommodation needs.
Recommendations for accommodations. Please provide
rationale for any recommendations that may not relate directly to the
testing or educational history described.
Please forward documentation or any questions to:
Disability Support Services
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL 35115
Phone: (205) 665-6250
Fax: (205) 665-6255
Disclaimer regarding Documentation: Approval for accommodations at the University does not assure the sufficiency of the documentation for transfer to another institution, or for the standards of various professional/graduate school testing agencies. Documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If the documentation provided is deemed insufficient, additional documentation may be requested. The University has no responsibility for the cost of obtaining such documentation. If documentation is acceptable, but the University wishes to obtain another opinion, the University reserves the right to request such at its expense. Final determination of appropriate and reasonable accommodations rests with the University.
Documentation will be held in a confidential manner. There are circumstances, allowable under FERPA, which might necessitate that some student disability information be shared with select University officials (if relevant in an emergency or if related to a student grievance). Court orders, subpoenas or complaints filed outside the University may also result in files provided to Administrators or University counsel. In any such cases, any University personnel involved will continue to maintain the student’s confidentiality. Students must sign a DSS release if they wish records to be forwarded to any other institution or agency. Student files will be kept for a minimum of seven years past the last term of enrollment.