Disability Services: Accommodation Requests-Instructions and Forms
William Jewell College is committed to ensuring that educational opportunities, programs, and services offered by the College are available and accessible to all individuals in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008, and the Fair Housing Act.
William Jewell College requires specific medical information from licensed professionals to be provided to the Office of Disability Services by those individuals making the request for accommodations due to a disability*. The College uses this information to determine what, if any, accommodations would be most appropriate and reasonable. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008, a person has a disability if he/she:
- Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. These activities can include but are not limited to walking, standing, seeing, eating, speaking, hearing, sitting, breathing, reading, learning, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself.
- Has a record or history of such impairment; or
- Is regarded as having such impairment.
Individuals requesting an accommodation should submit the following medical information along with the Accommodation Request form to the 504 and Compliance Coordinator in the Disability Services office. Accommodation determinations are made on a case-by-case basis, and supplying information does not guaranty any accommodations will be provided by the College. The College is not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally alter its programs.
Individuals are requested to submit any information they have regarding their disability including:
1. A comprehensive report from an appropriate licensed medical professional. This individual must have the necessary qualifications to accurately and properly diagnose the disability. This information should be dated within the past 18 months, though there may be times when the College can accept older documentation based on an individual’s specific circumstances. This report should include:
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis;
- A description of the diagnostic criteria used to identify the disability including all diagnostic tests and results
- A description of the functional impact of the disability;
- Medications, treatments, assistive devices/services currently prescribed, including duration;
- A description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time;
- Recommendation for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, and support services;
- The name and credentials of the diagnosing professional(s).
2. Prescription pad diagnosis does not qualify as acceptable documentation. The licensed medical professional must state the disability findings on official letterhead and include all of the requested medical information above. The College reserves the right to request additional information.
3. A list of guidelines for documentation of specific disabilities, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Medical/Physical Disabilities, and Psychiatric Disabilities can be obtained by visiting our website: Guidelines for Documentation.
The completed Accommodation Request form and requested medical information should be returned to the 504 and Compliance Coordinator, as soon as possible. Once the information is received, (a) the individual is notified in writing that his/her request was received, and (b) the evaluation of the request begins immediately.
If medical information is not submitted with the Accommodation Request form, the student should promptly submit the information so that accommodation determinations can be made in a timely manner. Granted accommodations do not apply retroactively (meaning you will not be able to redo assignments or retake tests that you took before accommodations were granted) so any delay in providing necessary documentation could have significant academic consequences.
Accommodation requests are accepted at any point during the school year. Please contact the 504 and Compliance Coordinator with questions or concerns. Disability Services is located in Gano Chapel Room 200, and is accessible by elevator. Further information regarding disability services can be found on our website: Disability Services
*Certain disabilities do not require medical documentation, such as apparent physical disabilities. Please note this on the Self-Identification/Accommodations Request form included in this packet.
Mrs. Missy Henry
504 and Compliance Coordinator, Office of Disability Services
William Jewell College Phone (816) 415-7556 – Fax (816) 415-5093
henrymr AT william.jewell DOT edu