Guidelines for Requesting Accommodations
DRS uses an individualized process to establish reasonable accommodations on the basis of a meeting with you and a review of all supporting information you provide. For a more productive initial meeting, you should send your documentation to DRS prior to scheduling an appointment.
Documentation that you submit to DRS when requesting accommodations should be current and relevant to higher education and answer the following questions:
- What is the disability or condition for which you are seeking services?
- How does the disability impact you in a higher education environment?
- What evaluations, tests or assessments were used to diagnose the disability and/or demonstrate its impact?
- What accommodations have been recommended or used in the past?
Some examples of documentation that may support your request for accommodations include:
- Psycho-educational evaluations
- Medical evaluations
- Speech or hearing evaluations
- IEPs or 504 plans
- Other professional evaluations that are specific to the disability
Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please feel free to submit any documentation that you feel is current and relevant, with the understanding that additional information may be required to support a specific accommodation request.
Please be aware that other universities and testing agencies have procedures for accommodation requests that may differ from Temple’s procedures. It is important to check directly with the university or testing agency for information on what is needed to establish accommodations.
If you suspect that you have a disability, you should see a professional in the appropriate field for further evaluation. DRS has created a list of local evaluators who conduct educational assessments. This list is not comprehensive nor is it meant as an endorsement for any individual evaluator or clinic.