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Deaf/Hearing Impaired

Physicians, including otorhinolaryngologists and otologists, are qualified to provide diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists may also provide current audiograms. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.

Documentation should include the following:

1. A clear statement of deafness or hearing loss, with a current audiogram that reflects the current impact the deafness or hearing loss has on the student's functioning (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the condition, the current status of the student, and the student's request for accommodations).

2. A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis and a narrative summary of evaluation results, if appropriate.

3. Medical information relating to the student's needs, the status of the individual's hearing (static or changing) and its impact on the demands of the academic program.

4. A statement regarding the use of hearing aids (if appropriate).

5. A statement of the functional impacts or limitations of the hearing loss on learning or other major life activity and the degree to which it impacts the individual in the learning context for which accommodations are being requested.

The Rights of the University and the Campus Access Services Office

The University of New Haven reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of documentation submitted and requests for accommodation(s) on a case-by-case basis, using the professional judgment of the Campus Access Services staff and/or the Housing/Dining/Parking Modification Committee. Additional information may be requested to determine eligibility.

Relevant information regarding the student's disability may be shared those who have a legitimate educational interest.

Diagnostic information regarding the student's disability may be shared with the Housing/Dining/Parking Modification Committee.