Students who are seeking support services from Ferris State University's Disabilities Services on the basis of diagnosed autism spectrum/pervasive developmental disorder disabilities are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Protection under these civil rights is based upon documentation of autism spectrum/pervasive developmental disorder disability that currently substantially limits some major life activity including learning.
The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that documentation is appropriate to verify eligibility and supports requests for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids on the basis of autism spectrum/pervasive developmental disorder disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Documentation should validate the need for services based on the individual's current level of functioning in the educational setting. A school plan such as an individualized education program (IEP) or a 504 plan is insufficient documentation, but may be included as part of a more comprehensive assessment battery.
Persons with an autism spectrum/pervasive developmental disability must provide the following documents for a disability accommodation request:
- A recent diagnostic report from an appropriate professional OR physician's statement of long term disability, AND
- A completed Verification Form for Documentation of Autism Spectrum/Pervasive Developmental Disability.
- A completed student questionnaire is required for all students registered with Disabilities
Services for the first intake interview with the student.
Documentation must be dated within six months of the student's application for services and include a case history.
The information and documentation that establishes Autism Spectrum/Pervasive Developmental Disorder Disability should be comprehensive in order to make it possible for a student to be served appropriately.
- Checklist for Documentation
- Guidelines for the Written Diagnostic Report
- Verification of Disability for Academic Accommodations Form
- Student Questionnaire
- Student Request for Services
All documentation is confidential and should be submitted to:
Department Head, Disabilities Services
Ferris State University
Arts and Sciences Commons 1017
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307