Accommodations & Services

DSS makes the final determination of eligibility and reasonable accommodations by reviewing the documentation, interviewing the student, and contacting the diagnostician, if needed. A prior history of accommodations does not automatically qualify the student for accommodations or services. In addition, receiving services and accommodations at another college or university does not necessarily qualify a student for the same services and accommodations at UNH. There must be a demonstrated current need specific to our academic environment that is supported by complete documentation. A brief statement listing only the diagnosis is not sufficient since a condition is not necessarily a disability. Documentation must clearly indicate that the condition results in substantial limitations in major life activities applicable to our academic environment.

In order for students to receive academic or non-academic accommodations current UNH students must self-identify and register with DSS, complete the DSS Request Form, and provide current documentation by a licensed or certified official that states the disability. In the case of most disabilities, the documentation should be no more than three to four years old and the assessment tools, where applicable, should be normed at an adult level. Included in the type written assessment should be a description of the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested. A brief statement written by a physician on a prescription pad is not sufficient documentation.

The student must meet with a professional in the DSS Office to discuss the accommodations, and to become familiar with the procedures. Through consultation and evaluation of documentation, each student's needs are identified on a case-by-case, course-by-course basis. If documentation is out dated or further documentation is needed, the DSS Office requires the student to obtain the needed information or assessment to receive services. Diagnostic testing is not provided through the DSS Office. There is a diagnostician referral list available that highlights cost, locations, and insurances accepted. Please note that most insurance companies do not cover the cost of a learning disability assessment. Students may register with the office at any point throughout their academic career.

Documentation provided to the DSS Office is not considered part of a student's permanent academic record. The DSS Office will keep files for a minimum of 3 years in hard copy after the student leaves the University. After that time, the paper file is shredded and scanned into electronic format. After 7 years this electronic file is permanently destroyed.

For a list of diagnostician referrals please see the Assessment/Diagnostician Referral Listing tab under Accommodations and Services.