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Students with Physical/Sensory Disabilities

Physical disabilities are considered to be in the medical domain and require the diagnosis by a physician with expertise in the area of the particular disability. The clinician must be a neutral, unrelated, and non-biased professional. For students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, an audiology report by an audiologist confirming hearing loss, which may include an audiogram indicating the hearing loss measured in decibel loss is the preferred documentation. For students who are blind or have low vision, a report or letter from an Ophthalmologist is preferred.

Documentation must include:

  1. Clinician's name, letterhead or stamp, title, phone number, and address and date(s) of examination.
  2. A clear statement of the physical disability or functional limitation, a summary of present symptoms, and a statement of the treatment, where relevant.
  3. Medical information relating to the student’s needs, including the impact of medication on the student’s ability to meet the demands of the post-secondary environment.
  4. Description of how the disability and treatment, if applicable, impact the student’s functioning in an academic setting.