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Physical/Chronic Health Related Disorders

Physical and chronic health related disorders include, but are not limited to, such physical conditions or systemic disorders which cause impaired mobility function or other specific limitations to a major life activity such as: arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, chemical sensitivities, spinal cord injuries, cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida.

Any physical or systemic illness is considered to be in the medical domain and requires the expertise of a physician, including a neurologist, physiatrist or other medical specialist with experience and expertise in the area for which accommodations are being requested.  The diagnostician must be impartial and not a family member of the student.

Documentation should include the following:

1. A clear statement of the medical diagnosis of the orthopedic/mobility disability or systemic illness.

2. Current impact the physical disability or systemic illness has on the student's functioning (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student and the student's specific request for accommodations).

3. A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including results and standardized scores if applicable.

4. A description of present symptoms that meet the criteria for diagnosis.

5. Medical information relating to the student's needs to include the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary learning environment.

6. A statement of the functional impact or limitations of the disability on learning or other major life activities 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.