Medical documentation requirements

If you are seeking academic accommodations, you are required to provide the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) with current documentation of your medical condition or disability.

Documentation can be obtained from medical physicians, clinical psychologists, and/or special education/rehabilitation personnel, or other qualified health professionals who have specific training, expertise, and experience in the diagnosis of conditions for which academic accommodations are being requested. Any practitioner submitting documentation must be appropriately certified and/or licensed to practice their professions.

Documentation requirements

To register with the Disability Resource Centre, a student must provide documentation from a qualified professional confirming the presence of a disability or medical condition. This documentation must describe the student’s disability-related academic functional limitations in order to help the DRC assess and establish the student’s academic accommodations. The type of documentation and the qualified professionals able to provide it depends on the nature of the disability.

ADHD/ADD

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional (e.g. registered psychologist, registered psychological associate, neuropsychologist, psychiatrist)
  • Treating family physician

Required documentation (the DRC requires one of the following documents)

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form
  • Neuropsychological or psychoeducational assessment

Autism spectrum disorder

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional (e.g. registered psychologist, psychiatrist)
  • Treating family physician

Required Documentation (the DRC requires one of the following documents)

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form
  • Psychoeducational assessment
  • Other formal medical assessment or report

Anxiety disorders

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional
  • Treating family physician

Required Documentation (the DRC requires one of the following documents)

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form
  • Other formal medical assessment or report

Chronic medical disabilities

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional
  • Treating family physician

Required Documentation

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form

Deaf/Hard of hearing

Qualified Professionals

  • Audiologist

Required Documentation

  • Audiology assessment or report

Learning disabilities

Qualified Professionals

  • Registered psychologist
  • Registered psychological associate

Required Documentation (the DRC requires one of the following documents)

  • Psycho-Educational assessment.

Note: Assessments completed after the age of 18 must be less than five years old. If the assessment was done before you were 18 years old, consult with a DRC Advisor.

Mobility disabilities

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional
  • Treating family physician

Required Documentation (the DRC requires one of the following documents)

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form
  • Physiotherapist evaluation or report
  • Occupational Therapist report

Mental health disabilities

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional (e.g. psychiatrist, registered psychologist)
  • Treating family physician

Required Documentation (the DRC requires one of the following documents)

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form
  • Other formal medical assessment or report

Visual disabilities

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional (e.g. ophthalmologist, optometrist)

Required Documentation

  • Optometry report

Head injury/Traumatic brain injury

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional (e.g. sports medicine physician, registered neuropsychologist, registered psychologist, neurologist)
  • Treating family physician

Required Documentation (the DRC requires one of the following documents)

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form
  • Neuropsychological assessment report

Temporary medical conditions

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional
  • Treating family physician

Required Documentation

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form

Other bona fide medical conditions

Qualified Professionals

  • Specialized health professional
  • Treating family physician

Required Documentation

  • DRC Verification of Disability Form