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Disability Services

Documentation of Disability

The student requesting services has the responsibility to obtain documentation from a licensed professional such as a medical doctor, psychologist, or other qualified diagnostician to certify him/her as having a disability.  The documentation may include one or more of the following:

  • diagnosis of your current disability
  • the date of the diagnosis
  • how that diagnosis was reached
  • the credentials of the diagnosing professional
  • describe how your disability affects a major life activity
  • describe how the disability affects your academic performance.

Definition of Disability

The United States’ Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “disability” as “having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities.” The ADA protects individuals from discrimination if they have a record of such impairments or if they are regarded as having such impairments. Additionally, specific protections are guaranteed through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1997 (http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm). Individuals with adequate documentation of the current functional impact of a disability of a major life activity are protected from discrimination and are entitled to appropriate accommodations.

Purpose of Documentation

Documentation serves two primary purposes in post-secondary education. First, documentation must establish that the individual has a disability, and therefore is protected from discrimination. Second, the documentation must describe the current functional impact of the disability so that potential accommodations can be identified.

Contact Us

Office of Disability Services

La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515

email:  ods@lasierra.edu
Phone: 951.785.2453

Fax: 951-785-2271


Office Location:

La Sierra Hall, Lower Level
Room 100B

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