When documenting a disability, students should use the parameters listed below as a general guideline. On the second half of this page, refer to your specific disability for detailed requirements needed to support your disability through documentation. If students would like a PDF version of each disability category documentation requirements to share with their see the Forms page to retrieve those documents.
- Be recent and comprehensive
- Demonstrate a substantial more of life’s major activities
- Verify the nature and extent of the disability
- Support the need for the student’s requested accommodations
- Be provided by a licensed clinical professional familiar with the impairment/condition
- Be dated, signed and on letterhead; it should include name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator
- The evaluator may not be anyone related to the student
NOTE: Documentation must be from an appropriate professional who has diagnosed the student's disability or who has sufficient history with the student to support a previous diagnosis. If applicable, any testing in the documentation must be adult normed and should be from a recent evaluation. Students may also elect to have the appropriate clinician complete the Ability Services Collaborative Document Form to get started. The form is meant to guide the documentation process for clinician’s and evaluators in order for them to effectively explain from their perspective how a student’s disability affects them academically. It also intended to identify helpful accommodations that could benefit the student based on their individual needs. See the Collaborative Document Form for more details. While they are helpful in establishing past accommodations, IEPs and 504 plans are not sufficient documentation and more information would be required to be completed.
Students have an option to upload documentation through the New Student Application process, found on the Ability Services homepage. Documentation can also be submitted via email, fax, in person, or USPS.
Alicia Reinke-Tuthill, Ability Services Manager
University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 123 David Rodli Hall, 410 South Third Street, River Falls, WI 54022
New Students for Fall 2022
For first-semester and transfer students arriving on-campus next Fall, we have identified the following dates to begin the process to request accommodations:
1. Housing Intake Start Date - Monday, May 2nd
2. Academic Intake Start Date - Monday, May 9th
Students are encouraged to take time to read through our website to learn more about getting started with our office, exploring available accommodations and supports, and identifying what steps are required in arranging the necessary documentation to support your need for accommodations at UWRF. Incoming students can always reach out to the Ability Services office if they have questions along the way at email@example.com.