Eligibility for Services
Students with disabilities needing accommodations are responsible for identifying themselves to Accessibility Services. Students should follow the instructions listed below to request accommodations. Students may also schedule an accessibility consultation appointment with Accessibility staff by calling 864-597-4375 or making an appointment by following this link: calendly.com/hammettsc.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) defines a disability as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. All students with documented disabilities are eligible for services.
Some examples of disabilities include, but are not limited to:
- Learning Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Psychiatric Disabilities/ Psychological Disorders
- Health & Medical Conditions
- Medical Dietary Restrictions
- Sensory Impairments: Hearing, Visual, or Speech
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Substance Use Disorder
- Temporarily Disabling Conditions
- Pregnancy and Pregnancy-related conditions
The documentation examples listed in this section serve as a guideline for information that may be needed to process requests for academic, housing, meal plan, parking, or medical withdrawal accommodations. Additional documentation, not listed in this guide, may be requested.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act allow colleges to require documentation of a disability to verify the need for accommodations. Accessibility Services has established the following guidelines for documentation:
- Documentation should be recent, preferably within three years, in order to assess the current impact of the disability on the individual’s living environment or academic functioning in a post-secondary education environment
- Documentation must be comprehensive and establish clear evidence of a significant impact on one or more major life activities
- Documentation must be relevant to requested accommodations
- Documentation must be from a medical or other licensed professional appropriate to the diagnosis
Please refer to specific guidelines for each type of disability. Other sources that may help support accommodations requests include the following:
- A 504 Plan or IEP from high school
- Documentation of a medical history of diagnosis
- Evidence of accommodations received in high school
- Evidence of accommodations received at another post-secondary institution
- Evidence of accommodations received on standardized testing
All documentation and recommendations for accommodations should be from a qualified professional who has comprehensive training and direct expertise diagnosing and treating the disability for which accommodations are being requested. Documentation may not be from a practitioner related to the person being evaluated. If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation(s), the College has the discretion to require additional documentation.
The Request Process
Students should follow these steps to request accommodations:
- Visit the “Student” tab on myWofford and begin the process by accessing the “Request Accommodations” channel
- Fill out request form with all applicable information
- Submit documentation (see guidelines) and electronically sign Consent for Reciprocal Release of Information
If a barrier exists that prevents a student from following this process, Accessibility Services staff will assist the student if notified by email or appointment.
Prior written consent by the student is required before Accessibility Services staff may release disability documentation or records. For further information, please see the Records Release Form under Accessibility Services Forms.