Documentation Guidelines

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 MyWLRC Student Portal
  2. Submit documentation of disability
  3. Schedule an initial appointment with an SDS staff member

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

All disability documentation is reviewed by the SDS Documentation Review Committee to determine if the documentation meets both the SDS 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

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

Referral List for Neuropsychological and Psychoeducational Testing

Guide to Completing the Registration Process

 How to Complete a Self-Identify Form to Register with SDS


How to Schedule an Initial Appointment with SDS

For Type select Student Disability Services, then SDS Initial Appointment.

Note: You will not be able to schedule an appointment until you have been assigned to a SDS Specialist.