Students with diagnosed disabilities must provide the Office of Accessibility Resources with significant and substantial documentation of their disability prior to arrangement of services. At Shippensburg University, a Accommodation Request form, found in the student confirmation packet, must also be completed by the student and submitted. All paperwork relating to student disabilities must be mailed or faxed directly to the Office of Accessibility Resources in Mowrey Hall 252. The mailing address is located in the bottom left-hand corner of the Accommodation Request form; the office fax number is 717-477-4094.

Documentation Requirements

The diagnostic documentation required for services varies according to the type and severity of the disability.

Report – Generally speaking, a psychological evaluation report from a private psychologist OR a re-evaluation report from a school psychologist is required to confirm the presence of a learning disability, traumatic brain injury, emotional impairment, other health impairment, and/or Autism Spectrum.

Documentation from any other treating professional, including medical doctors/physicians, therapists, counselors, and medical specialists, may be sufficient in the form of a letter.

Letter – A letter that is typed on professional letterhead and signed by the professional with credentials listed behind the signature, must contain all of the following:

  1. Diagnosis
  2. History of the condition
  3. Current treatment regimen, including medication
  4. Impact of the disability on the individual student in a learning environment
  5. Recommended accommodations as indicated by the professional for the student in a post-secondary academic setting

If there is a particular emergency protocol, this MUST be outlined in a separate, typed and signed document.

All documentation can be mailed to Office of Accessibility Resources at Mowrey Hall 252, faxed to the director’s attention at 717-477-4094, or sent as an e-mail attachment to oar@ship.edu.

Upon receipt of the documents, an e-mail will be sent to the student’s Ship e-mail address with next steps.