Documentation Guidelines

If you are having trouble getting documentation due to COVID-19, let your SDS counselor know (if you have not yet been assigned a counselor, one will reach out to you after you start the registration process).

Our goal is to understand how your disability impacts you so that an appropriate plan can be developed. We value hearing your experiences, history, and perspective. In addition, any form of documentation or information that you can provide to our office can help us in working with you to develop an accommodation plan.

You can meet with an SDS Counselor before supplying this information. They can guide you on what may be needed to develop an accommodation plan. See the steps to register with our office.

Examples of Helpful Documentation or Information

  • Educational records, such as a high school accommodation plan (IEP, 504 plan, etc.)
  • Neuropsychological or educational evaluation
  • Medical records
  • Statement from a health, mental health, or other service provider (see guidelines (pdf))
  • Audiology report
  • Vision assessment
  • Vocational assessment
  • Proof of accommodations used on standardized exams (SAT, ACT, etc.) 
  • SDS disability assessment form (see below for appropriate form)

This is not an exhaustive list. 

Disability Assessment Forms

We have developed some forms that you can use for certain types of disabilities. Having your medical or mental health provider complete one of these forms may be a convenient way to collect information about how your disability impacts you:

We do not have a form for all types of disabilities (such as ADHD and learning disabilities). Providing some of the helpful documentation or information listed above can be useful in those situations.

What if I Do Not Have Access to Documentation?

Talk to your SDS Counselor (if you have not yet been assigned a counselor, one will reach out to you after you start the registration process).

We do not "medicalize" the process of seeking accommodations. While supporting documentation can be helpful, we recognize that there are a variety of factors that can impact your ability to obtain it. We are committed to working with you to find appropriate and creative ways to support your access at Cornell.