To receive accommodations at the University of the Fraser Valley, students with disabilities must register with the Centre for Accessibility Services. Documentation of a disability is a crucial step to being registered with the Centre for Accessibility Services. After reviewing the documentation requirements outlined below, book an appointment with an Advisor to register for support.
Documentation must come from a specialist such as a physician, registered psychologist, or psychiatrist and include:
- Specific diagnosis;
- Description of the severity and prognosis of the disability;
- A statement regarding the educational impact of the disability.
In most cases, the documentation must be no more than 3 years old. Psychoeducational Assessments are considered valid for a period of 5 years if it was conducted before the age of 18.
Students with a Learning Disability
The Ministry of Advanced Education has deemed that students must provide a psychoeducational assessment that is no more than 5 years old as evidence of a learning disability. This assessment must be done by a registered psychologist or a certified school psychologist in the Province of British Columbia. The psychoeducational assessment must list a DSM-V diagnosis and must show the testing psychologist's signature, credentials, and registration number.
If you have been tested in the last five years or were over the age of 18 when you were diagnosed with a learning disability, you will not need to provide a new psychoeducational assessment.
Please contact an Advisor for more information on the documentation requirements for a student with a learning disability.
If appropriate documentation is outdated or unavailable, the Centre for Accessibility Services may provide provisional accommodation for one semester only, pending receipt of suitable documents.
Students with Physical and Mental Health Disabilities
Documentation for physical and mental health disabilities should be provided by a physician or psychiatrist.
Acceptable documentation of disability must:
- Be less than 3 years old;
- Clearly state the diagnosed disability;
- Must indicate the educational impact;
- Must be signed by the physican or psychiatrist.