Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Deaf & Hearing Impaired

Students requesting accommodations or services because of a Deaf or hearing Impaired at the University of Kansas Medical Center are required to submit documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). A diagnosis of a disorder/condition/syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations under the law. For individuals previously diagnosed who have not continuously received medical or educational support, a comprehensive evaluation may be necessary to determine whether accommodations are appropriate. To establish that an individual is covered under the Rehabilitation Act, and/or the ADA and/or the ADAAA, the documentation must indicate that the condition substantially limits some major life activity and/or major bodily function.

The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that documentation of a psychiatric disability is complete and supports the request for accommodations. The University of Kansas Medical Center will determine eligibility and appropriate accommodations, case-by-case, based on the quality, recency and completeness of the documentation submitted. The following guidelines provide students, schools and qualified professionals with a common understanding of the components of documentation that are necessary to validate a diagnosis of a psychiatric disability, the impact on the individual's educational or job performance, and the need for academic or job accommodations for the purpose of the ADA, the ADAAA or the Rehabilitation Act.

Documentation for students requesting accommodations on the basis of being Deaf or hearing Impaired must include but not be limited to:

  • An audiological evaluation and/or audiogram administered by an otorhinolaryngologist, otologist, or licensed audiologist.
  • An interpretation of the functional implications of the diagnostic data and hearing aid evaluation, when appropriate.
  • Suggestions on how the functionally limiting manifestations of the disabling condition (s) may be accommodated. If the audiological report does not include recommendations for accommodations, an audiologist should be consulted - an educational audiologist is preferable.
  • The age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon whether the disabling condition is static or changing.
Last modified: Apr 25, 2014