Documentation Guidelines

In order to receive disability related accommodations and/or services from the University of Mary Washington, students are required to submit documentation of disability to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For these purposes, disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

Documentation of disability assists the University of Mary Washington Disability Resources staff in collaborating with the student to determine reasonable accommodations and/or services, which are provided on a case-by-case basis. If the submitted documentation is incomplete or does not support the student’s request for accommodations and/or services, the student may be asked to provide additional documentation. The cost of obtaining all documentation is the responsibility of the student.

Special Note: Other universities and companies that administer entrance/qualifying exams (e.g., ETS, GRE, LSAT) may require more extensive documentation if you are seeking accommodations similar to those you have in place at UMW. We recommend students research other universities’ and companies’ requirements well in advance of requesting accommodations.

Students are encouraged to contact Disability Resources for guidance on the documentation needed for their individual situations.

ADA: Disability versus Temporary Condition

Acquired Brain Injury

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Blindness or Low Vision

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Learning Disability

Physical Mobility, Dexterity, and/or Chronic Health

Psychological/Psychiatric Disability