The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) state that qualified students with disabilities who meet the technical and academic standards at Alabama College System institutions are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Under these laws a disability is defined as any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity, a history of such impairment, or the perception of such impairment. Alabama College System institutions do NOT provide disability documentation for students. It is the student’s responsibility to provide appropriate documentation to the college office responsible for handling the request and to request accommodations.
Appropriate documentation is defined as that which meets the following criteria:
Health Condition, Mobility, Hearing, Speech, or Visual Impairment
A letter or report from treating physician, orthopedic specialist, audiologist, speech pathologist, or ophthalmologist (as appropriate), including:
A letter or report from a mental health professional (psychologist, neuropsychologist, psychiatrist, licensed professional counselor) including:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A comprehensive evaluation report by a rehabilitation counselor, speech-language pathologist, orthopedic specialist, and/or nueropsychologist (or other specialist as appropriate), including:
Learning Disability (LD)
A comprehensive psychological evaluation report from a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, school psychologist, learning disability specialist, or diagnostician that should include:
Note: High School IEP, 504 Plan, and/or a letter from a physician or other professional are usually not sufficient to document a learning disability.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
A comprehension psychological evaluation report from a physician, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, neurologist, or nueropsychologist that should include:
Note: High School IEP, 504 Plan, and/or letter from a physician or other professional are usually not sufficient to document ADD or ADHD. Medication cannot be used to imply a diagnosis.