Students seeking support services from Student Disability Services (SDS) on the basis of a previously diagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) must submit documentation that verifies their eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act.
The documentation must describe a disabling condition, which is defined by the presence of substantial limitations in one or more major life activities. Merely submitting evidence of a diagnosis, and/or a discrepancy between ability and achievement on the basis of a single subtest score is not sufficient to warrant academic accommodations. Similarly, nonspecific diagnoses, such as individual attention problems, academic problems, and test difficulty/anxiety in and of themselves do not constitute a disability.
The guidelines below are intended to provide guidance for the assessment process, including the areas that must be assessed in order for SDS staff to make appropriate decisions. Examples of specific tests that may be used within each area are available upon request. Please do not hesitate to contact SDS at (972) 721-5056 if you have any questions.
Students submitting documentation of physical and/or cognitive sequelae related to a traumatic brain injury (e.g., head trauma, CVA’s, tumors, other medical conditions) must submit evidence of a disabling condition with evidence of functional impairment in major life activities of relevance to the classroom. Such documentation should include:
General Guidelines for all Disabilities
It is important to recognize that accommodation needs can change over time and are not always identified during the initial diagnostic process. A prior history of accommodation, without demonstration of current need, does not in and of itself warrant provision of a like accommodation.
SDS will make the final determination as to whether appropriate and reasonable accommodations are warranted and can be provided to the individual.
In addition to documentation as described above, transfer students should provide written verification of accommodations received (and dates served) from the previously attended school(s).
The diagnostic report must include the name and title, and license number of the evaluator.
All documentation submitted to SDS is considered confidential.
Documentation should be sent to the following address:
University of Dallas
Student Disability Services, Academic Success Office
1845 East Northgate Drive
Irving, Texas 75062
Documentation may be faxed to (972) 265-5712, emailed to email@example.com, or delivered to Braniff 132.