To apply for specific-needs student status, any student or applicant for admission must submit a fully executed Voluntary Declaration of Disability Form to the Florida College academic advising office no later than the Friday during Orientation week.
All applications for specific-needs student status, including all supporting documentation, must be completed accurately and truthfully. Inaccurate or fraudulent applications will result in the denial or revocation of accommodations and may subject the student to further disciplinary action.
Eligible students who apply for admission after the above dates, or whose forms are received after the above dates, may not receive accommodations for the current semester. All applications and submissions are subject to the college’s late fees.
The submitted Voluntary Declaration of Disability Form must have a formally documented clinical diagnosis and treatment plan by a qualified licensed health care professional. The diagnosis must establish that the student’s condition constitutes a true disability and significantly limits the student’s ability to succeed academically. The specific limitations must be stated clearly and specifically.
A “qualified licensed healthcare professional” shall be an MD (such as a pediatrician, family physician or neurologist), licensed clinical psychologist, pediatric neuropsychologist, or other clinical specialist licensed to practice and diagnose in the specialty field related to the applicant’s stated disability. Unlicensed persons and school psychometrics do not meet these qualifications.
All communication from the licensed health care professional must be on office letterhead and signed by the provider. Handwritten notes, copies of records, etc. must be accompanied by a provider’s cover letter that meets these requirements.
The applicant must provide written evidence of both current diagnosis and current treatment for the stated condition requiring accommodation. Current means within 18 months of enrollment. Treatment must be fully consistent with the stated diagnosis. An applicant who has a current diagnosis, but who is not participating in treatment may not be granted accommodations.
In general, an Individual Education Program (IEP) alone is not sufficient to establish a diagnosable disability. The existence of past services does not constitute a present disability. In no case will the college accept an out-of-date (more than 18 months old) diagnosis, IEP or an IEP which indicates either no clear disability or that the student’s academic needs have been resolved. It is the applicant’s or student’s responsibility to communicate these requirements to all appropriate health professionals.
Letter of Accommodation
Students who are deemed eligible for accommodations shall receive a letter of accommodation from the academic advising office. This letter shall describe the accommodations granted.
Specific-Needs Student Responsibilities
Florida College may point out to the applicant any discrepancies or omissions which may exist in the applicant’s paperwork and documentation. However, it is the responsibility of the applicant to remedy and resolve any problems with these in a timely manner.