Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR)
The Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) has relocated from the Commons to the Bruce Pitman Center. We are excited about what this new space will offer our students. The Pitman Center offers more square footage for reduced distraction and confidential testing as well as provides additional private offices for staff to meet one on one with students. Our new location will be Bruce Pitman Center Suite 127. This is on the first floor, North side of the building next to the Welcome Center. CDAR Testing Services will be located on the lower level, also along the North side of the Pitman Center building. Our phone number will remain the same, 208-885-6307 and our new campus zip for departmental mail is 4257. We look forward to serving you at our new location at the start of the New Year. * All CDAR programs will be relocating, except the Raven Scholars program which will remain in their current location, (Idaho Commons, Room 330.)
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 the Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) as soon as possible to discuss disability-related concerns and needs. Call (208) 885-6307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 CDAR prior to the initial appointment to discuss accommodations.
Download and print our current Procedures for Requesting 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, CDAR staff 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.
CDAR periodically sends announcements via email. As a student registered with CDAR, you will be automatically added to our email list to receive announcements through your VandalMail email account. These may include CDAR events, registration information, scholarship opportunities, job announcements, campus road closures and elevator outages.