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Chronic / Systemic Illness

Chronic and/or systemic illnesses are considered to be in the medical domain and therefore a Physician, Neurologist, Physiatrist, or other Medical Specialist with experience or expertise in the domain for which he/she is diagnosing must complete the documentation.  Documentation should be on letterhead, typed, dated, signed and otherwise legible and contain the following:

  • A clear statement of the existence of a medically determinable chronic illness or systemic illness
  • A detailed medical history
  • A complete physical examination (including a mental status examination)
  • Medical evidence consisting of medical signs, symptoms (duration, incidence and severity) and laboratory findings
  • Proof of a substantial reduction in previous levels of occupational, educational, social, or personal activities
  • Results of diagnostic test battery performed to rule out other causes of symptoms
  • A description of the condition's current functional impact on learning or other major life activity relevant to the academic experience
  • A statement addressing the individual's requested accommodation(s), including rational as to why these accommodation(s) are warranted
  • A statement regarding how the use of medication or other rehabilitative measure may or may not mitigate either the illness or the symptoms associated