Disability Resources Frequently Asked Questions – Requesting accommodations

Do I need to submit my documentation only once?

Once your documentation has been approved, additional documentation may be required to continue to meet the University’s criteria and legal obligations. With chronic or progressive disorders (e.g., psychiatric disabilities and some medical/physical disabilities) documentation will need to be updated on a yearly basis. If there is a change in your condition or requested accommodations, you will need to submit updated documentation promptly. Check the criteria on our website for how often you need to update your disability documentation. If you still have questions, contact disabilityresources@wustl.edu or (314) 935-5970.

What if I don't know I have a disability prior to enrollment?

Students who are diagnosed during the semester may submit their documentation to DR as soon as the documentation is available. Processing of your accommodations will be accomplished as quickly as possible.

What resources are available if I suspected I have a disability?

If you suspect you have a disability, please contact Disability Resources at disabilityresources@wustl.edu . We are happy to answer any specific questions and can provide referrals.

How do I know the information I give Disability Resources is kept in confidence?

All contact information and documentation that we receive is kept in private, locked files within the DR offices. Documentation and inquiries about accommodations will not be released without your written consent unless there is a genuine need to know in accord with the University’s privacy policies. Your consent is necessary to allow us to notify your professors that 1) you are registered and 2) you are eligible to receive specific accommodations.

Is it unusual to be diagnosed with a learning disorder or ADHD as a college student?

No. Almost half of learning disorders and a large portion of ADHD diagnoses are not made until after students graduate from high school. This is a result of several different factors including the increased expectations for college students and the increased difficulty of academic work associated with college. Learning impairments become disabling only when the academic work being required reaches a critical level; that level will differ from student to student. This is probably related to the absence in college of many of the support systems students have become accustomed to relying upon in high school (e.g., familiar teachers, parents who help keep you focused and on time, highly structured high school schedules). Going through a complete evaluation to determine if you have a learning disorder or ADHD will give you a better understanding of your learning strengths and strategies and will also make it possible for you to request accommodations to insure that you have equal access to your educational opportunities.