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Cal State L.A.


Office for Students with Disabilities

Chronic Illness and Health

Students requesting accommodations for a permanent or temporary disability or chronic health condition must provide proof that the disability/health condition exists before academic accommodations will be provided. The diagnosis of a disability or medical condition must be current (not more than two year's old) and provide justification for the accommodation(s) the student is requesting. All documentation must be provided by a qualified professional such as a physician or a vocational rehabilitation professional. The credentials of the evaluator‚ including certification‚ licensure‚ and professional training‚ must be clearly stated in the documentation and must be written on the professional’s letterhead stationery (prescription pad notes are not acceptable forms of documentation).

Disability documentation usually takes the form of a medical assessment. It must be a comprehensive assessment including:

Documentation of a disability is not provided by:

These documents‚ however‚ are useful for documenting a history of accommodation and effective interventions for an individual with a disability.

Once a student’s disability documentation is received‚ qualified University personnel will evaluate the documentation to determine its validity. If a student does not have current documentation and cannot locate the professionals who originally performed the initial diagnosis‚ the OSD will provide referral information.

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Last Update: 01/12/2016