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On the CSUF campus, the Office of Disabled Student Services has been delegated the authority to certify disabilities and to prescribe specific accommodations for students with documented disabilities. DSS provides support services for students with mobility limitations, learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments, and other disabilities. Counselors are available to help students plan a CSUF experience to meet their individual needs. Prior to receiving this assistance, documentation from a qualified professional source must be submitted to DSS. The CSU Office of the Chancellor provides the policy for verification of a disability as follows:

… a professionally verified disability means a condition certified by a licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, registered nurse, social worker, rehabilitation counselor, physical therapist, corrective therapist, learning disability specialist, or other appropriate professional.

The student shall either provide the verification documentation to the director, or sign a release authorizing the campus to obtain necessary documentation from one of the above mentioned professional persons or agencies. A student with a diagnosed learning disability must provide testing/evaluation results that are dated no more than three years prior to the date of request for learning disability services.

Any CSU student who has transferred and received services from a California community college or UC campus in the last three years as a student with a disability may be eligible for services from DSS.

DSS professional staff reviews the documentation from the referring agency and prescribes individual disability-related accommodations and support services on the campus and in the classroom.

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