Examples of chronic health conditions include cystic fibrosis, diabetes, lupus, sickle cell anemia, Crohn's disease, cancer, AIDS, and hemophilia. These conditions may require specialized treatments, hospitalization, or bed rest during acute phases. In addition, chronic health conditions can affect cognitive functions, motor function, and energy levels. Accommodations for these types of conditions vary greatly depending on specific needs.
The diagnosis should be made by a physician, surgeon, or other licensed medical professional with experience and expertise in the area of the student's medical condition. The following guidelines will assist the professional in addressing the information the DS needs to provide the student with appropriate accommodations.
- Prepare documentation on professional letterhead, with the dates of assessment, signatures, and license numbers or credentials of the diagnosing professional.
- Provide a comprehensive diagnostic report and description of the illness or condition, including the appropriate ICD-9 code. State any functional limitations on learning or other major life activities.
- Recommend accommodations for a postsecondary setting and include the rationale
- Submit information relating to treatment and its impact on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary environment. Relevant information regarding any medication that may impact an individual's academic performance should also be included.
- Specify a relevant prognosis which may include a schedule of future treatments, procedures, hospitalizations, or likely absences.