Students requesting Disability Services are required to complete the following certification process:
1. Return the Disabilities Disclosure and Request for Accommodation
This step is only necessary if you are a new incoming Meredith student. This form can be located in the Enrollment Handbook or may be obtained from Disability Services. Once you complete the form, send it to:
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607
2. Complete an intake interview with Disability Services staff
An intake interview takes about one hour, during which the student will provide information about how the disability impacts her life functioning. The intake also provides an opportunity for the student to become acquainted with support services that are offered through Disability Services. When possible, documentation should be submitted before the intake session. Students may make an appointment by calling (919) 760-8427.
3. Submit documentation of the disability meeting the Meredith College Documentation Guidelines
Meredith College Documentation Guidelines
Meredith College Documentation Guidelines for ADHD
Students requesting Disability Services (DS) from Meredith College are required to submit documentation to determine eligibility according to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. DS also uses documentation to determine reasonable accommodations for individuals based on the functional limitations caused by a disability. Reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to all programs and services.
DS reviews documentation and makes decisions about accommodations on a case-by-case basis, considering the impact of a particular individual's disability within the specific context in which that individual must function. Changing conditions and/or changes in how the condition impacts the individual may warrant more frequent updates in order to provide an accurate picture and determine continued eligibility. Therefore, DS reserves the right to request additional information in order to determine eligibility.
Nationally, most institutions of higher education utilize guidelines developed by the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS). We encourage students and evaluators to review the best practice documents published by these organizations. It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation meeting the guidelines set forth by Disability Services.
Disability Services reserves the right to make final decisions concerning eligibility and appropriate accommodations based on the quality, how recent, and how complete the documentation submitted is. All documentation is confidential and will be maintained by the Counseling Center/Disability Services.
When partial documentation is submitted, DS reserves the right to approve that student for provisional services for the current or upcoming semester. Partial documentation is defined as documentation that meets part, but not all, of the documentation guidelines or that which establishes a history of being considered an individual with a disability. Provisional certification is intended to provide students with temporary accommodations and/or services while that individual seeks additional documentation in order to become fully certified and, thus, to be qualified to receive future accommodations.
When documentation submitted to the review team is incomplete, the student will be asked to seek an additional evaluation and/or clarifying information from the evaluator(s). An Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, or Summary of Performance (SOP) provides useful information, but is generally not considered sufficient documentation generally are not sufficient documentation to establish that the student is eligible for services and accommodations in an institution of higher education. Further, documentation that simply states a diagnosis and does not include information about the functional limitations and handwritten/case notes are not considered sufficient documentation.
It is the student’s responsibility to:
Meet the essential qualifications and institutional standards
Disclose the disability in a timely manner to Disability Services staff
Provide appropriate documentation
Inform Disability Services staff of accommodation needs
Talk with professors about classroom accommodations, as needed
Inform the Disability Services staff of barriers to a successful education
Follow through with appointments
For a complete list of the rights and responsibilities of students who are seeking certification with Disability Services, see the Rights and Responsibilities form.