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 profile application at http://www.gvsu.edu/dsr/accommodations-login.htm.

2) Submitting appropriate medical or psychological assessment 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 215 The Blue Connection on the Allendale Campus.

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 with their License/Certification number & State of Licensure and include::

  1. A specific statement of the diagnosis (diagnoses)
  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 psychological assessment 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 five years (using adult testing measures only) is warranted.

Brain Injury: You can provide your psychological evaluation if it is within the last five years. Otherwise, you can have your qualified provider complete our DSR Brain Injury form.

Chronic Health Condition: A < verification form for a Chronic Health Condition> must be completed. 

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. 

Learning Disability (LD): You must have a current neuropsychological test (within the last five 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. 

Visual Impairments: Send a report (within the last three years) and/or all documentation related to your diagnosis. 

Service and Assistance animals: Disability Support Resources may require documentation regarding your service/emotional support animal to ensure that it falls under the protection 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.

Assistance animals or Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are considered part of a therapeutic intervention; therefore, documentation should support that your condition rises to the level of a disability, that is, that it limits one or more major life activities (according to the Fair Housing Authority), and clearly states how the assistance animal will alleviate the symptoms of the disability. Please see the Guidelines for Assistance Animals.

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