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Golden Gate University is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is Golden Gate University’s policy that enrolled students who have disabilities shall be given reasonable accommodations in compliance with state and federal laws. The Office of Accessible Education coordinates accommodations for students with all types of disabilities, including temporary injuries or conditions.

Accommodations for students with disabilities, such as modifications, auxiliary aids, or services, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Some examples are: electronic texts, course notes, recording devices, reader and transcription services, exam accommodations, interpreters, and real-time captioners.

Students seeking disability accommodations should begin the verification process as early as possible. See New Requests for Accommodations below.

All disability accommodations must be supported by documentation of the student’s current condition and needs. Students with a disability who have not previously gone through the verification process should contact the office as soon as possible, ideally several weeks in advance of the start of the semester. Please do not approach professors about obtaining accommodations until approved through the Office of Accessible Education.

Verification Process

  • Step 1: Contact the Office of Accessible Education to set up an appointment to discuss eligibility for services and possible accommodations. You will also be asked to review and sign our confidentiality policy.
  • Step 2: Submit the appropriate documentation, based on the type of disability, as described below. You are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining the required documentation from a qualified provider.
    • Physical Disability: Your physician will need to complete the Disability Verification Form detailing your present impairment and recommending accommodations for the academic environment.
    • Psychological Disability: Your psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist will need to complete the Disability Verification Form detailing your present impairment and recommending accommodations for the academic environment.
    • Learning Disability or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): You will need to submit a Psychoeducational Evaluation Report completed within the past three years by a qualified professional. The evaluation must include a comprehensive interview and assessment (testing) of areas that impact learning and academic performance. The report must recommend accommodations for the academic environment. We can provide a list of evaluators used by students in recent years.
  • Step 3: Disability Services will review all of the documentation to ensure that the requested accommodations are reasonable and appropriate given your present impairment and functional limitations in the academic setting. This process may include review by an outside consultant.