Physical/Chronic Health Conditions

The following documentation should be provided. The report must be typed, signed by a qualified professional and submitted on official letterhead. Professionals providing documentation must include information concerning their credentials.

  1. State the most recent date of assessment. The report must be current. If the condition is progressive, updated documentation may be required periodically.
  2. The report must include a specific diagnosis of a disability using ICD-9-CM codes or equivalent criteria.
  3. Include a review of pertinent history and the date of first diagnosis.
  4. Provide a description of the current symptoms, fluctuating conditions/symptoms, and prognosis.
  5. Summarize any assessment procedures used to make the diagnosis.
  6. Provide medical information that should be considered in a college/university environment, including medication/therapeutic needs. State whether there are side effects of the prescribed medication/therapy, whether the student is still adjusting to the medication/therapy, and comment on the student’s medication/therapy compliance history. State whether there are crisis episodes associated with the disability.
  7. State what substantial limitations to this student’s major life activities are indicated by the evaluation.
  8. Based on the information provided, offer specific suggestions for accommodations and a detailed explanation as to why each accommodation is needed.
  9. The results of other appropriate assessment measures to support a differential diagnosis or to disentangle this disability from co-existing disorders should be provided.

Students who feel their condition and need for accommodations is obvious may contact DSP to discuss whether abbreviated documentation is appropriate.  For example, abbreviated documentation requirements may apply to a student who uses a wheelchair and needs accessible classrooms and housing, but not more extensive academic accommodations.

*In lieu of the above guidelines, Disability Verification Forms are available in Word or PDF upon request from our office.

All documentation is confidential and should be submitted to:

Disability Services and Programs
University of Southern California
3601 Watt Way, GFS 120
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1692
(213) 740-0776
(213) 740-8216 Fax