Physical Mobility

Physical Mobility, Dexterity, and Chronic Health-Related

Students requesting accommodations or services because of a physical mobility, dexterity, or chronic health related diagnosis 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.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 expand the definition of major life activities to include the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions. Pertinent here are new additional major life activities such as thinking, eating, sleeping and concentrating which may be substantially limited by these conditions.

Documentation for students requesting accommodations on the basis of physical mobility, dexterity, or chronic health-related disabilities must include:

  • An identification of the disabling condition(s).
  • An assessment of the functionally limiting manifestations of the condition(s) for which accommodations are being requested.
  • Degree and range of functioning for a chronic or progressive condition.
  • Prescribed medications, dosages and schedules that may influence the types of accommodations provided, including any possible side effects.
  • Suggestions as to how the functionally limiting manifestations of the disabling condition(s) may be accommodated.
Last modified: Apr 25, 2014