DRC Documentation Policy
Federal disability statutes, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, require that persons with qualifying disabilities receive equal access to education in curricular and co-curricular activities at Truckee Meadows Community College. Anyone requesting services and accommodations are responsible for providing documentation at their own expense.
The purpose of providing adequate documentation is two-fold:
- To establish that a person has a qualifying disability, and
- To describe and document the functional impact created by the disability and the need for accommodation.
The Documentation Guidelines provides assistance to self-identifying individuals with disabilities who seek accommodations and services to obtain the documentation necessary to register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC).
This allows the DRC to conduct an intake interview to evaluate each person's needs based on the diagnostic information received on a case-by-case basis and develop an individualized accommodation list that addresses the disability(s) in the higher education setting.
The DRC may request additional information from the treating professional when the presenting documentation regarding affected major life activities and the extent to which the impairment(s) affect those activities. This may be appropriate when presenting documentation is deemed inadequate by a professional DRC staff member to justify the approved and/or assigned accommodations. This call for additional information may occur at the time of the intake interview, when new accommodations are requested by the student or if the status of the student's condition may have changed.
It is the student's responsibility to obtain the necessary documentation. If adequate documentation is not received, the college may elect on a case-by-case basic to hire an independent, qualified professional to obtain the requested information to determine disability status and/or appropriate accommodations