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Medical, Physical, and Visual Impairments

Documentation Guidelines for Medical, Physical, and Visual Impairments:

Students whose disabling conditions are readily apparent are eligible for services and priority registration. For additional accommodations and for students with invisible conditions such as food allergies, celiac disease, or fibromyalgia, the student must provide documentation of the condition and the resulting functional limitations. Such documentation must be prepared by a qualified professional and should be current.

The professional who prepares this documentation should include the following information:

Additional information can be provided that seems helpful in determining the nature and severity of the student's disability may assist AccessibleNU-Q in determining appropriate accommodations and intervention.

Verification form

Medical professionals providing the above information may find it helpful to access our form and complete it on the student's behalf:

Download: Verification Form for Chronic Medical Conditions

Food allergies and dietary restrictions

In addition, students with food allergies, celiac disease, or other conditions that may impact room and board arrangements may want to review additional information on housing and meal plans.

Consultation with Northwestern home campus

In some circumstances, such as an unfamiliar disease or disabling condition and/or if the documentation is unclear, it may be referred to the home campus Executive Director of the University Health Service for review. Following review of the documentation for diagnosis of a disabling condition and the resulting functional limitations, the Executive Director will make recommendations for appropriate accommodations to AccessibleNU-Q staff. However, AccessibleNU-Q will make the final decision regarding appropriate accommodations based on all of the relevant information.

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