General Guidance for Disability Information/Documentation
In order to evaluate accommodation and service requests, Disability
Resources will need information on how your disability is likely to impact you
here at Northern Arizona University. We want to understand the
relevant impacts of your disability on tasks like communication, reading,
writing, housing, technology, dining, the physical environment, classroom and
laboratory and on line learning, etc. Information on the impacts of
physical (mobility, dexterity, endurance, etc.), perceptual, cognitive
(attention, distractibility, communication, etc.), and behavioral abilities may
be helpful as well.
What tools or strategies facilitate your access? What
barriers can you anticipate? Together we will consider your answers
to these questions to identify potential accommodations and services (such as
extended time on tests, books in a digital format, interpreters). When
providing information it may be useful to provide descriptions of treatments,
medications, accommodations, auxiliary aids, assistive technology, services
currently in use and their general effectiveness as tools for access. You
can also identify additional accommodations or tools with a
description of how you feel they will be helpful.
Any information/documentation students
can readily share during or prior to the first meeting is helpful and can save
the need for follow up meetings with DR. Disability
Resources recognizes that barriers exist and can create hardship for students
with regard to having and presenting third party disability documentation. Please
don't delay meeting with us out of concern for not having appropriate
paperwork. If you have information/documentation you can submit it to D.R. by
bringing it to our office in Room 2050 at the Health and Learning Center,
emailing it to DR@nau.edu, fax it to 928-523-8747 or mail it to P.O. Box
5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.
may ask for additional documentation concerning your disability and/or the need
for accommodations. If such documentation is necessary, it will be limited to
the need for the accommodation requested. We will consider any information, including
but not limited to your description of your needs; records of past
accommodations and services from high school, another college, state or high
stakes testing organization; formal psychological or medical evaluations, and letters
from past health, education or service providers.
These general guidelines were developed to assist you and those in
your support network to prepare this information so we can evaluate your
request and make recommendations. If you have questions, please contact
us at 928-523-8773 or DR@nau.edu.