How to Register for Services
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with learning disabilities are
guaranteed certain protections and rights to equal access to programs
and services. In order to access these rights, an individual must present
documentation indicating that the disability substantially limits some
major life activity, including learning. The following documentation
requirements are provided in the interest of assuring that documentation
is appropriate to verify eligibility and to support requests for accommodations,
academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.
The four major steps to requesting accommodations
1. Complete intake form:
The first step in the registration process is to complete the SDRC intake form available here in a PDF format.
SDRC Intake Form It needs to be opened in Adobe Reader and can be completed using Adobe Reader 8.0 and above.
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Do not fill out this form in Preview mode which is the default. Instead open it in Adobe Reader.
In order to create a digital signature, double click in the signature box and follow the wizard directions which will prompt you to create a password and enter your personal information for your digital identification. You can then save this registration form and send to SDRC as a file attachment or you can print this form and fax, along with your documentation, to SDRC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fax number: (850) 645-1852
2. Documentation: In order to fully
evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids Florida State University
will need documentation of the disability that consists of an evaluation
by an appropriate professional. The documentation will describe the current
impact of the disability.
3. Meeting to request service: Schedule an intake appointment with an SDRC staff member
to discuss available support services and the process for requesting accommodations.
4. Participate and Advocate: It is important
for the student to participate in the determination and selection of reasonable
and appropriate accommodations and to advocate for their needs within the campus community.
The review process includes an examination of the presented documentation
to determine the functional limitation resulting from the disability
and how that limitation impacts the ability of the student in the university
Provisional accommodations might be offered in the
interim, but a final determination of accommodations will not be made
until the student's documentation is complete.
The following guidelines were developed to assist
students in obtaining the information needed to evaluate their accommodation
request. Questions may be addressed to the Student Disability Resource Center at (850) 644-9566
(V); (850) 644- 7164 (TTY); or via email
DOCUMENTATION SHOULD INCLUDE:
Diagnostic statement identifying the disability,
date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original
diagnosis. The diagnostic systems suggested in the recent editions of
either the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric
Association or the International Statistical Classification
of Diseases and Related Health Problems of the World Health Organization
(ICD) are the recommended diagnostic taxonomies.
Diagnostic criteria and or diagnostic test used:
This description should
include the specific results of diagnostic procedures, diagnostic tests
utilized, and when it was administered. Diagnostic methods used should
be congruent with the disability and current professional practices
within the field. Informal or non-standardized evaluations should be
described in enough detail that a professional colleague could understand
their role and significance in the diagnostic process.
Description of the current functional impact of the disability:
functional impact on physical, perceptual, cognitive, mental, and behavioral
abilities should be described either explicitly or through the provision
of specific results from the diagnostic procedures. Currency will be
evaluated based on the typical progression of the disability, its interaction
with development across the life span, the presence or absence of significant
events (since the date of the evaluation) that would impact functioning,
and how the information apply to the current situation of the request
Description of current treatments, medications, assistive devices/services:
A history of treatments, medications, assistive devices, accommodations
and/or assistive services to include statements about the effectiveness
in minimizing the impact of the disability. Significant and potential
side effects that may impact physical, perceptual, mental, behavioral
or cognitive performance should also be noted as well as a description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of
the disability over time.This description should provide an estimate
of the change in the functional limitations of the disability over time
and/or recommendations for re-evaluation.
Recommendations for accommodations:
Depending on the impact of the condition
on the individual, the statement should include suggestions or recommendations
for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory
strategies, and/or collateral support services that can help to provide
full access. As appropriate, recommendations for collateral medical,
psychological, and/or educational support services or training that
would be beneficial may also be included. Recommendations from professionals
with a history of working with the individual provide valuable information
for the review process. They will be included in the evaluation of requests
for accommodation. When recommendations go beyond services that are
or can be provided by the University, they may be used for referrals
to services outside of Florida State University.
Credentials of the diagnosing professional(s):
the certification, licensure, and/or the professional training of individuals
conducting the evaluation should be provided. It is important to have
the documentation on an official letterhead and signed by the professional.
Requesting Disability Related Services at Florida State University.
Accommodation Forms (Available in the following two formats)
Support For Accommodation Form (PDF Format)
Support For Accommodation Form (Word 2003 Format)
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