Disability Support Services
The University of Idaho is committed to providing equal and integrated access for individuals with disabilities to all the academic, social, cultural and recreational programs it offers. This commitment is consistent with legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and embodies the university’s historic determination to ensure the inclusion of all members of its communities.
Students are asked to notify DSS as soon as possible to discuss disability-related concerns and needs. Call (208) 885-6307 or email email@example.com.
Once students have been accepted into an academic program, they are encouraged to begin the process for obtaining accommodation(s). Review and development of accommodation(s) may take several weeks.
- Start the process of requesting accommodations before classes begin.
- Provide documentation to DSS prior to the initial appointment to discuss accommodations.
Preparing Disability Documentation
In general, disability documentation must be provided by a physician, psychologist, audiologist or other licensed professional appropriately qualified to diagnose the specific disability of the individual. If documentation is older than three years, students can receive accommodations for a one-year grace period.
Documentation must include:
- For learning disabilities, a comprehensive assessment of aptitude/cognitive abilities and academic achievement and the resulting diagnostic report.
- A 504 or IEP is beneficial but is not a substitute for a psychological or psycho-educational evaluation.
- The particular diagnosis, including when the diagnosis was made and the likely duration of the disability
- Details of the student’s functional limitations created by the disability(s)
- Accommodations recommended for the student, along with explanations of why these accommodations would be useful.
Evaluators are encouraged to include appropriate medical reports, relevant medical history, test scores where applicable (especially for individuals with cognitive disabilities) and any other medical or educational data that would be useful in determining and providing appropriate accommodations and services.
Once a student's eligibility is established, DSS and the student work together to formulate the academic accommodations each semester that will best assist the student in pursuing their academic goals. Accommodations are evaluated each semester to determine efficiency and usefulness.
DSS periodically sends announcements via email. As a student registered with DSS, you will be automatically added to our email list to receive announcements through your VandalMail email account. These may include DSS events, registration information, scholarship opportunities, job announcements, campus road closures and elevator outages.
Contact Disability Support services at (208) 885-6307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.