Documentation Guidelines-HR @ Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon University

Documentation Guidelines

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 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.

EOS 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 individual requesting accommodations.

If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and reasonable accommodations, EOS has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost of obtaining additional documentation is also borne by the individual.