Documentation Procedure:

Students who are seeking support services from North Idaho College on the basis of a medical / mobility / neurological disability may be required to submit documentation to verify eligibility. Documentation of a disability and related information will be kept in a separate file in the CEA office. The cost and responsibility for providing this documentation shall be borne by the student.

Medical / mobility / neurological disabilities include but are not limited to: cognitive impairments, mobility impairments, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, chemical sensitivities, spinal cord injuries, cancer, AIDS, Muscular Dystrophy, and Spina Bifida. Any medical / mobility / neurological disabilities require a diagnoses made by a qualified medical professional. Information describing the certification, licensure, and/or the professional training of individuals conducting the evaluation must be provided. In cases where disabilities are obvious documentation made not be required.

Documentation should show current impact of the disability. The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that the evaluation and report are appropriate for documenting eligibility and identifying reasonable accommodations. The documentation should include:

  1. a clear statement of the medical diagnosis of the physical disability or systemic illness.
  2. how the diagnosis limits a major life activity, including but not limited to walking, breathing, seeing, hearing, performing manual tasks, caring for one's self, learning, or working.
  3. a description of the type and severity of current symptoms and the functional impact of the disability.
  4. a summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized scores if applicable.
  5. medical information relating to the student's needs to include the existing side effects of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the post-secondary environment (physical, perceptual, behavioral, or cognitive).
  6. a description of treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use.
  7. a description of the expected progression or stability of the disability over time.

Suggestions of reasonable accommodations with supporting evidence is encouraged. Any exceptions of the above criteria and the final determination for providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations rests with the CEA Coordinator.