Getting Started

Guide to Completing the Registration Process

Students who wish to make a first-time request for disability services at the University of Pennsylvania must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete a Self-Identification Form through the MyWeingartenCenter Student Portal

  2. Submit documentation of disability

  3. Schedule an initial appointment with a Disability Services staff member

How to Complete a Self-Identify Form to Register with Disability Services

How to Schedule an Initial Appointment with Disability Services

  • For Type select Disability Services, then Initial Appointment.
  • Note: You will not be able to schedule an appointment until you have been assigned to a Disability Services Specialist.

Students are strongly advised to register with Disability Services upon matriculation into the University; it can take up to 4 weeks to review documentation and approve accommodations.

Documentation Guidelines

All disability documentation is reviewed by the Disability Services Documentation Review Committee to determine if the documentation meets both the Disability Services published disability documentation guidelines and the statutory requirements under Section 504 and the ADA. Accompanying documentation (e.g., accommodation memos from SAT, ACT, GRE, etc., IEPs/504 plans, letter from previous educational institution’s disability office) are welcomed to complement the medical documentation; however, the supporting materials alone do not substantiate the need for an accommodation.

Please select the documentation guidelines that pertain to your medical condition:

Referrals for Educational Evaluations

Disability Services maintains an updated list of local providers who can conduct educational evaluations as a reference for students. This list is not exhaustive, and Disability Services does not endorse the providers listed here. Please contact the providers directly for more information regarding anticipated charges.

Referral List of Educational Evaluations [PDF]

Temporary Injuries

The Weingarten Center may be available to assist students who have a temporary injury which results in a functional impairment. Examples of temporary conditions include broken bones, concussions, injuries requiring surgery and other acute illnesses. Appropriate temporary accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and may include: a copy of class notes, assistance with taking tests, quizzes, or exams if the student is unable to write, or a referral to use Penn Accessible Transportation (PAT) to assist with on-campus transportation.

It is required that a diagnosis be made by a licensed physician with credentials in the area of the injury in question. The following guidelines are provided to assist Disability Services in collaborating with each student to determine appropriate accommodations:

  • All documentation must be provided using the Weingarten Center’s documentation form for physical/medical disabilities or typewritten and signed on professional letterhead bearing the physician’s address, phone, and clinical affiliation. The physician’s license number and any additional information about specialty credentials should be listed.

  • The report should describe the type and severity of the individual’s symptoms at the time of first diagnosis, and give the approximate date of their onset and expected recovery time. Subsequent progress and treatment of the condition should also be given.

  • A description of the individual’s current symptoms should be reported.

  • The report should detail any currently prescribed or recommended treatment, such as medical treatment, physical therapy, dietary requirements, assistive devices, etc.

  • Specific substantial limitations related to the injury should be listed, especially those that impact academic access, such as taking notes, using a computer, reading standardized print, etc.

  • Additional documentation will be required if symptoms or residual side effects of the injury continue past the initial reported recovery time.