Resources for Students-Human Resources - Carnegie Mellon University

Resources for Students

Students’ Responsibilities in Accessing Accommodations

  • Prior to campus arrival contact Disability Resources at
  • Provide documentation of disability and functional limitations.
  • Meet with Disability Resources at least once per semester to review accommodations.
  • Meet with faculty to review accommodation requests in relation to each class.
  • Notify Disability Resources, in writing, of any additional needs as soon as they arise.

Voluntary Disclosure of a Disability

The first step toward arranging accommodations is to complete and return the Student Voluntary Disclosure of a Disability Form [pdf]. Disability Resources will then contact the student to discuss disability issues and determine the appropriate documentation. It is then the responsibility of the student to forward a copy of the documentation to Disability Resources. Upon receipt of the documentation, Disability Resources will work with the student to develop an individualized accommodation plan and an accommodation memorandum. The individualized accommodation plan details specific physical and learning issues; a copy is given to the student to share with the campus community as the student sees fit. The accommodation memorandum lists specific accommodations required by the student. It is the student's responsibility to share this document with each of his/her instructors.

Intake/Accommodations Request Form

The Intake/Accommodations Request Form [pdf] is used to add contact information to the Disability Resources Database, which allows us to update individuals regarding special events, disability information and accommodation issues and concerns.


Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities are assured services and protected from discrimination. To establish that an individual is covered under the ADA, the documentation must indicate that the disability substantially limits some major life activity, including learning and working. The following documentation requirements are provided in the interest of assuring that documentation does the following: demonstrates an impact on a major life activity; is appropriate to verify eligibility; and supports the request for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids.

The required documentation varies based on the nature of the disability. Below are guidelines for the most common disabilities:

Documentation must come from an outside source and follow the suggested guidelines stated above. Disability Resources does not perform any testing but can provide a list of agencies that perform such evaluations. The cost of obtaining documentation is borne by the student. If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and reasonable accommodations, Disability Resources has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost of obtaining additional documentation is also borne by the student. If Disability Resources desires a second professional opinion, Disability Resources bears the cost.