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Documentation of Disability: What Is Good Practice and What Can Be Legally Required?

Learn to distinguish between the two major types of accommodations, identify instances when documentation is required, and interpret the statutes and laws to guide decisions at your school.



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Assessing and Determining Accommodations for Disability

The kinds of disabilities for which students seek accommodations cover a wide scope on campuses today. Requests might include permission to bring emotional support animals to class, a private exam room for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, or greater leniency in meeting deadlines for students with chronic fatigue.

The growing number of requests poses challenges for colleges and universities. What documentation of disability can they legally require? What policies and procedures should be in place to satisfy the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)? What obligation does the student have to provide proof of disability?

Documentation of Disability: What Is Good Practice and What Can Be Legally Required?, the 50-minute online seminar from Magna Publications, gives a thoughtful, practical framework for handling these sensitive issues.


This online seminar will provide a succinct but comprehensive overview of disability and documentation issues essential for administrators and faculty. With Professor Rothstein’s guidance, viewers will learn how to:

  • Manage burdensome compliance requirements efficiently
  • Deal sympathetically but realistically with requests for accommodation
  • Become more familiar with statutes and case law
  • Work within the financial constraints of their school while addressing requests

Learning Goals

After participating in this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Develop policies, practices, and procedures to fit their institution
  • Come up with an interactive process that can avoid formal dispute resolution
  • Set up reasonable accommodations without “over-accommodating”
  • Determine what constitutes proper documentation, when it should be disclosed, and to whom

Topics Covered

Documentation of Disability: What Is Good Practice and What Can Be Legally Required? clarifies the issues and responsibilities surrounding disability requests and proper documentation. During this seminar you will learn to:

  • Distinguish between the two major types of accommodations
  • Assess the different types of documentation
  • Identify instances when documentation is required
  • Interpret the statutes and laws to guide decisions at your school

The presentation gives compelling strategies that balance legal requirements with a common sensical philosophy that almost any school can adopt.


The protocols for documenting a disability can be involved and complicated. The situations can run from the ordinary to the unique to the unexpected. They affect administrators, faculty, and the entire student population.

In Documentation of Disability: What Is Good Practice and What Can Be Legally Required?, registered attendees can get straightforward, up-to-date guidance on how to honor the requests of disabled students, satisfy legal requirements, and address the concerns of other students fairly.

Because these issues affect the entire campus population, attendance for this online presentation would be especially useful for:

  • Part- and full-time faculty, professors, and instructors
  • Administrators
  • Student coordinators
  • Advisors
  • Educators and administrators at both two- and four-year public or private institutions

As this is an evolving set of laws and questions, faculty and administrators at all levels of awareness will benefit by learning from Professor Rothstein’s clear, compassionate, and practical presentation.


In only 50 minutes, you’ll acquire a practical strategy for assessing the requests of your disabled students without unduly interfering with the rights of the overall student population. You’ll be able to render judgments with more confidence and meet the ethical and legal obligations of your school. Get answers that you can use when you order today.

Product Code: SC16BC


Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days.


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