Documentation of Disabling Condition
A "student with a disability" is a person enrolled at a community college who has a verified disability, which limits one or more major life activities resulting in an educational limitation.
Determination of Eligibility
The existence of a disability may be verified by one of the following means:
- Observation by certificated DSPS staff;
- Assessment by certificated DSPS staff; or
- Review of documentation by certificated staff provided by appropriate agencies or certified or licensed professionals outside of DSPS.
Medical Disability Verification form
Mental Health Disability Verification form
Acceptable forms of disability documentation may include but not be limited to:
- Autism Spectrum Disability can be verified by a certificated DSPS staff member using the documentation from a public or private agency that states the student meets one of the following:
- the student is a client of CVRC and identified as having autism spectrum disorder; or
- the student has documentation from a school psychologist, licensed psychologist, or physician identifying them as having autism spectrum disorder; or
- the student has an IEP or Section 504 Plan or a record of having received accommodations based on having autism spectrum disorder.
- Blindness and low vision may be verified by a review of existing documentation from an ophthalmologist, vision care professional, medical facility, physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner.
- Acquired Brain Injury may be verified by review of existing documentation from an appropriate licensed professional such as a physician, neurologist, neuropsychologist, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disability can be verified by review of outside documentation by a professional with the appropriate license such as a medical doctor, physician’s assistant, psychologist,or licensed clinical social workers or marriage and family therapist, and/or review by a certificated staff person of documentation such as an IEP, Section 504 Plan, or psychoeducational academic reports.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing may be verified by review of existing documentation from an audiologist, physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner.
- Intellectual Disability (ID) can be verified by a certificated DSPS staff member using the documentation from a referring agency, such as CVRC, school, or other agency.
- Learning Disability may be verified through a school IEP or similar documentation, that designates a specific learning disability, and through the interactive process, it is determined that the student meets the Title 5 definition of a learning disability. If you suspect that you have a learning disability, testing may be available.
- Mental Health Disability may be verified by:
- review of existing documentation from a licensed psychologist, physician, licensed marriage and family therapist, or clinical social worker identifying the student as having a mental health disability;
- review of records from a public or private agency such as the Department of Mental Health;
- for substance abuse disorders, verification of disability, and proof of participation in a treatment program.
- Other disabilities may be verified by existing documentation from a medical facility, physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, licensed speech professional.
- Physical disability may be verified by review of existing documentation from a medical facility, physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner, chiropractor, etc. The documentation should include the functional limitations in the educational setting which arise from the disability.
Note: Definitions and information have been taken in whole or part from California Education Code Sections 67310-67312, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 56000 et.seq.