Disclosing a Disability

College students are considered legal adults with a strong right to privacy. This is one of the reasons professors and college staff avoid monitoring individual students to consider the possibility there could be a difficult medical, physical, sensory, or brain related issue that's negatively impacting their learning. Instead, students who want individualized support for such an issue are expected to voluntarily and outwardly acknowledge it. We call this the "self-disclosure process." A convenient way to make the disclosure is with a Self-Disclosure Form. In addition to this website that form is also available at Ability Services, room 129 in Hagestad Hall.

As part of the self-disclosure process students should make an appointment to meet with Mark Johnson at Ability Services. In addition to that meeting, before significant individualized support will be arranged students are expected to submit a written summary about the medical, physical, sensory, or brain related issue. This kind of summary is often called "documentation."

There is a lot of confidentiality for all of these matters. Ability Services conducts its operations in ways that are designed to prevent classmates and other people from knowing about a particular student's issue.