Disability Support Resources

Registering with Disability Support Resources

Registration process:

Disability Support Resources (DSR) provides assistance to students, faculty and staff who have disabilities. Registration with DSR has four main components:

1) Completing the DSR application at http://www.gvsu.edu/dsr/accommodations-login.htm

2) Submitting appropriate medical or psycho-educational documentation

3) Engaging in the interactive process by scheduling an appointment to discuss your    accommodation needs with a DSR advisor. Registration with DSR prior to situations requiring accommodations is essential.

4) Sharing the appropriate accommodation memo/letter with other university personnel as appropriate

If you need assistance with obtaining sufficient documentation, please review the relevant guidelines for documentation along with verification forms. These forms can be downloaded from our website, or picked up from our office. Completed paperwork can be faxed to 616.331.3880, emailed to dsrgvsu@gvsu.edu, or brought to our office at 200 Student Services. 

Documentation for a Disability

Documentation of a disability must appear on official letterhead from a licensed physician, psychiatrist, social worker, or other mental health professional and include:

  1. A specific statement of the diagnosis
  2. A summary of related functional limitations
  3. Recommendations for accommodations 

Documentation requirements for specific disabilities are:

 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):  You will need your testing/report that was generated regarding your impairment/diagnosis; ideally we would like a psycho-educational and/or a neuropsychological test that was completed within the last 5 years (using adult testing measures only). If you do not have a psychological evaluation, your treatment provider will need to fill out our <ADHD Verification Form>.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):   Documentation must provide current evidence of impairment in whatever domain the person is seeking accommodations. If the main impairment is cognitive, a neuropsychological test completed within the last 5 years (using adult testing measures only) is warranted.

Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury:  If the primary impairment is cognitive, e.g. learning, attention, memory, etc., then a psychological evaluation is warranted. If the primary impairment is chronic health, e.g. seizure disorder, then a verification form for a Chronic Health Condition must be completed. If the primary impairment is mental health, e.g. anxiety, depression, etc., then you will need to have a certified professional fill out a verification form for a Mental Health Condition.

Chronic Health Condition:  A <verification form for a Chronic Health Condition> must be completed. Once our office receives the paperwork, DSR will contact you to set up an appointment.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing:   Please send in your audiology test/report (within the last three years) and/or all documentation related to your diagnosis. Once the paperwork is received, DSR will contact you to set up an appointment.

Learning Disability (LD):   You must have a current neuropsychological test (within the last 5 years or after 16 years of age using adult testing measures only). See the Guidelines for  Learning Disability Criteria.

Mental Health Condition:  For anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental health related condition, you need to have a certified professional fill out a <Verification form for a Mental Health Condition>.

Mobility Impairments (Temporary or Permanent):   Send a report pertaining to your diagnosis, if your condition is not obvious. Once the paperwork is received, DSR will contact you to set up an appointment.

Visual Impairments:   Send a report (within the last three years) and/or all documentation related to your diagnosis. Once the paperwork is received, DSR will contact you to set up an appointment.

Special note regarding documentation for service and emotional support animals: Disability Support Resources may require documentation regarding your service/emotional support animal to ensure that it falls under the protections of federal and state laws. Most individuals who have the benefit of using a service animal will not be required to submit documentation unless the student/employee is going to live in university housing.  Emotional support animals are considered part of a therapeutic intervention; therefore, documentation should include a diagnosis of the disability and its nexus to the intervention.  Please see the Guidelines for Emotional Support Animals.

For any disability not listed above please contact the DSR Office at 616-331-2490.

Page last modified March 14, 2014