A licensed Doctor of Optometry or a licensed medical doctor with certification in Ophthalmology will be viewed as qualified to substantiate disabilities of vision. Opthalmologists are the primary professionals involved in the diagnosis and medical treatment of individuals who are blind or experience low vision. Optometrists provide information regarding the measurement of visual acuity, as well as tracking and fusion difficulties (including, but not limited to, eye movement disorders, inefficiency in using both eyes together, misalignment of the eyes, lazy eye, focusing problems, visual sensory disorders, and motor integration).
Documentation serves as the foundation that legitimizes a student's request for appropriate accommodations. Documentation must be current. In most cases, this means a diagnosis has been made and/or treatment has been prescribed within the past three years. Because the provision of all reasonable accommodations and serves is based upon assessment of the current impact of the student’s disabilities on his/her academic performance, it is in a student’s best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation. The following guidelines are provided to assist the service provider in collaborating with the student to determine appropriate accommodations. Recommended documentation includes:
Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if co-existing learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated.