Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Requirements for Reports Documenting the
Accommodation Needs of Students with Hearing Impairments
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Student Disability Services (SDS) protects qualified students enrolled at Cornell College from discrimination on the basis of disability and assures provision of reasonable accommodations. To determine that a student is protected by the two laws, SDS requires documentation that diagnoses a disability and describes how the condition directly and substantially limits a major life function such as learning.
The following documentation guidelines establish that a student is eligible for protection and services on the basis of disability, demonstrates that the disability produces a significant, functional impact on a major life activity, and support the student’s request for accommodations.
A student who plans to request accommodations must first disclose his or her disability to SDS by submitting a report that documents his or her disability and needs. After the report has been submitted and reviewed, the student will be contacted and notified whether he or she may proceed to schedule an appointment to begin services, or whether more information is yet needed.
The most solid documentation reports are type-written and signed on professional letterhead
bearing the professional’s address, phone and clinical affiliation.
Professional Qualifications of the Evaluator:
The professional’s license or certification number that recognizes his or her status as a practicing medical doctor (M.D.), Audiologist (A), or Speech & Language Pathologist (SLP) and any additional information about specialty credentials should be contained in, or accompany, the report. The Evaluator must hold qualifications that are recognized by the State of Iowa as affirming his or her eligibility to diagnose hearing impairments.
Diagnostic and Treatment Information:
The report should describe the nature of the individual’s hearing loss, the approximate date of
onset and a brief history.
The report should contain a description of type and severity of the individual’s current hearing loss along with an audiogram.
The report should detail any currently prescribed or recommended treatment or care currently in progress (e.g. hearing aids, cochlear implant, speech therapy).
Current Functional Impact of the Disability:
The report should describe the manner and level of severity with which the disability and any
related treatment currently impacts the student’s general functioning.
The report should describe the manner and level of severity with which the disability has a current and substantial impact on academic functioning, e.g., note-taking, test-taking, one-to-one communication, etc.
Recommendations for Student’s College Program:
The report should contain recommendations for any specific reasonable accommodations that are needed to address the current and substantial impact of the disability on the student’s academic functioning.
If you have any questions, please schedule a personal interview with the contact below so that the student's needs can be clarified.
Reports are sent to the attention of:
Coordinator of Academic Support and Advising
600 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314-1098
Or email@example.com as a PDF document