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Students with Disabilities

The Academic Support Center is committed to providing students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in university programs, courses and activities through reasonable accommodations and services. Watch the accommodations process video to learn how to register your disability with the Academic Support Center and hear a student testimonial regarding their experience with receiving accommodations at SAU.

Accommodations Process


Complete online accommodations request form


Send signed information release form to healthcare provider


Healthcare provider sends documentation to Academic Support Center via fax. 833-487-1058


Accommodations Intake Meeting with Director of Academic Support Center

Required Documentation

A diagnostic statement identifying the disability

Quality documentation includes a clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed, provides information about the disability’s impact on the individual’s functionality, and describes the typical progression or prognosis of the condition.

The credentials of the evaluator(s)

The best quality documentation is provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. A good match between the credentials of the individual making the diagnosis and the condition being reported is expected (e.g., an orthopedic limitation might be documented by a physician, but not a licensed psychologist).

A description of the diagnostic methodology used

Quality documentation includes a description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, procedures, tests and dates of administration, as well as a clinical narrative, observation, and specific results. Where appropriate to the nature of the disability, having both summary data and specific test scores (with the norming population identified) within the report is recommended.

A description of the current functional limitations

Information on how the disabling condition(s) currently impacts the individual provides useful
information for both establishing a disability and identifying possible accommodations. A combination of the results of formal evaluation procedures, clinical narrative, and the individual’s self-report is the most comprehensive approach to fully documenting the impact. The best quality documentation is thorough enough to demonstrate whether and how a major life activity is substantially limited by providing a clear sense of the severity, frequency and pervasiveness of the condition(s).

A description of the expected progression of the disability

It is helpful when documentation provides information on expected changes in the functional impact of the disability within particular contexts and over time. Information on the cyclical or episodic nature of the disability and known or suspected environmental triggers to episodes provides opportunities to anticipate and plan for varying functional impacts. If the condition is not stable, information on interventions (including the individual’s own strategies) for exacerbations and recommended timelines for re-evaluation are most helpful.

A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications

The most comprehensive documentation will include a description of both current and past medications, auxiliary aids, assistive devices, support services and accommodations, including their effectiveness in lessening the functional impacts of the disability. A discussion of any significant side effects from current medications or services that may impact physical, perceptual, behavioral or cognitive performance is helpful when included in the report.

Medical Documentation Review Process

If the disability is readily apparent to, the student will not need to submit additional medical documentation and will meet with the Director of the Academic Support Center for the accommodation intake meeting. If the disability is not readily apparent, the student must submit required medical documentation from a qualified medical professional. The medical documentation must identify with enough specificity how the condition significantly impacts a major life activity.

Flow chart representation of the documentation review process described in the paragraph before.

Web Disability Resources

General Disability Websites

Multi-Sensory Structured Language Education

Accommodations and Technology

Advocacy and the IEP Process


Higher Education

Research and Reading Disabilities

Resources for Educators

State of Michigan Disability Resources

ASC Personnel

  • Consults with students.
  • Accepts, evaluates and maintains documentation (consistent with ADA guidelines).
  • Establishes reasonable accommodations to reduce academic barriers for students.
  • Issues letters of accommodation to students for each of their courses.

American with Disabilities Act

The Academic Support Center is responsible for working with eligible students both on campus and at the various SAU sites in determining the academic accommodations as outlined by the ADA and Section #504 legislation. It is Spring Arbor University’s intention to be non-discriminatory and attempt to remove as many barriers as possible. If a student with proper professional documentation requests accommodations at SAU, he/she will receive a VISA (Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations letter) from the ASC for each of their courses.

Section 504 Grievance Procedure

Read about Spring Arbor University’s Grievance Procedure, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.