University of Vermont

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Psychiatric Disabilities Document Guidelines for ACCESS

Psychological Disabilities

Documenting Psychological Disabilities

We encourage students who think they may qualify for disability services to make an appointment with SAS, by calling 802-656-7753 or by emailing access@uvm.edu . It is helpful if students send their documentation to SAS prior to their appointment.

An interview with an SAS staff member is an important part of the process for determining if a student has a disability and what accommodations are needed.  SAS staff members use both documentation and the student interview to make a final determination regarding your eligibility for accommodations. Generally, staff will look for the following:
Generally, staff will look for the following in documentation:

  • Verification of the condition should be made by a qualified treating professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, MSW, etc.)
  • We need your diagnosis and how it affects major life functions with or without treatment. We prefer information about the educational impact of your impairment and academic accommodation recommendations.
  • DSM-IV Diagnosis (date of diagnosis and most recent contacts), including the results of assessments used to make the diagnosis.
  • Recommendations for academic accommodations (special testing, note takers, adapted texts, etc.)

Other information that can be helpful include:

  • A letter from a qualified professional providing information of a prior diagnosis, accommodation, or classification, such as eligibility for a special education program
  • The most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • A Summary of Performance (SOP)
  • Section 504 Accommodation Plan (504)

SAS makes the determination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations even though reports may include recommendations for accommodations.

SAS has created a form that may be helpful in providing the above information:
Psychological Disabilities Verification Form (PDF, opens in new window)

Last modified July 27 2016 10:13 AM