In order to fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids, Longwood's Accessibility Resources Office will need documentation of the disability that consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that describes the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested.
A brief statement written on a prescription pad from your physician is not sufficient documentation.
All contact information and documentation received is kept in a separate confidential file within the Accessibility Resources Office. No information concerning inquiries about accommodations or documentation will be released without written consent.
Documentation provided will be used by The Accessibility Resources Office to evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids. The evaluation process includes a review of the documentation itself and in the context of the documentation, on the fundamental goals and essential standards of the program, course, service, or benefit in question.
The evaluation process will generate a list of potentially reasonable accommodations that will then be reviewed based on potential effectiveness, preferences of the requester, maximum level of integration, and the potential for an undue financial or administrative burden.
The following guidelines were developed to assist you in working with your treating professional(s) to prepare the information needed to evaluate you request. If, after reading these guidelines, you have any questions, please contact the Director of Accessibility Resources at (434) 395-2391. TRS 711.
For individuals who have recently been receiving services from a public school system; the information requested would most likely be contained in the Psycho-Educational Evaluation report from your most recent Triennial Review. Some of the information may also be contained in an IEP, 504 Plan, or Transition Plan. You may wish to include this with your information separately from your high school transcripts and should make sure that it is received by the Accessibility Resources Office. Please review your high school documentation against the information outlined in the following for thoroughness.
For individuals who are or have been recently receiving services from a state rehabilitation agency; much of the requested information will be contained in the documentation regarding your eligibility for services and vocational plan. However, please review your documentation against the information outlined in the following for thoroughness.
For individuals transferring from another college or university; information related to your disability will not be sent to Longwood with your transcript request. You must request that information be sent to Longwood's Accessibility Resources Office separately.
Additionally, the information Longwood is requesting may or may not have been a part of your previous college's evaluation process. You should check the information against the guidelines that follow.
(For information on specific disability documentation requirements)
Beyond the six elements expected to be included in documentation; recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies and/or collateral support services will be considered.
Based on the context of the diagnostic evaluation, recommendations for specific accommodations, adaptive devices, and/or assistive services that may ameliorate the functional impact of the disability and provide fuller access should be described. 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. The recommendations will be included in the evaluation of requests for accommodations and/or auxiliary services. Where such recommendations are congruent with the programs, service and benefits offered at Longwood, they will be given deference. When recommendations go beyond services and benefits that can be provided by the college, they may be used to suggest potential referrals to local area service providers outside the university.