Accessibility Resources Documentation Guidelines

Disability Verification

At this time, Accessibility Resources will not be holding in-person meetings. Once received, the Director of Accessibility Resources will contact you to setup a virtual or phone meeting.

In order to be eligible for accommodations through Accessibility Resources, you must:

  • Have a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities that includes, but is not limited to, walking, talking, learning, hearing, or seeing
  • Have and provide information/documentation of such a disability, when necessary

In order to evaluate accommodation and service requests, Accessibility Resources will need information about how your disability is likely to impact you here at Minnesota State University Moorhead. 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.

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 Accessibility Resources. Accessibility 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.

Accessibility Resources 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
  • Letters from past health, education or service providers

During the pandemic of COVID-19, it is recommended that if you would like to provide documentation, send it via email to Chuck Eade, Director of Accessibility Resources.

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.