Registering with Disability Services
Students with disabilities who apply to Otterbein University are not required to identify the existence of a disability during the admissions process. However, documentation is required to register with Disability Services to receive appropriate accommodations. If you have questions, concerns, or delays regarding documentation, please do not let that discourage you from speaking with us. We may still be able to initiate the process.
While it is possible to register with our department at any time during one's college experience, it is helpful to connect with Disability Services as early as possible to review your documentation, discuss your needs, and ensure that your accommodations are in place in advance.
A student's most current MFE, IEP, or other documentation can be delivered in person or via mail, email, or fax to:
Kera McClain Manley
Disability Services Coordinator
Courtright Memorial Library, Room #228
1 South Grove St.
Westerville, OH 43081-2006
Disability Services will contact students via writing (typically their Otterbein email account if activated) within 5 business days upon receipt of documentation, unless extenuating circumstances arise.
To receive accommodations from Disability Services complete and submit the Disability Services Registration Form (PDF).
Disability Documentation Guidelines
Documentation should demonstrate that a student has a disability as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. A disability is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Documentation may consist of the following:
1. A full evaluation or diagnostic report, such as an ETR or MFE, to provide the most comprehensive information about the student's needs.
2. A letter on letterhead including a qualifying professional's signature, a diagnostic statement, the date of the diagnosis, the severity of the diagnosis, the medication or treatment plan, and recommended accommodations.
3. Documentation that demonstrates prior accommodations and proof of the diagnosis. This may include an IEP, a 504 plan, or verification from a previously attended university or college.
4. The Disability Services Registration Form.
1. A qualified healthcare professional should complete the documentation.
2. A diagnostic statement identifying the disability should be included.
3. A description of current and past accommodations/services may be helpful.