Everything You Should Know About Getting Academic Accommodations

Mental health and learning disorders can make success in academic endeavors feel unobtainable for many. In an effort to level the playing field, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 made it possible for those with mental health disorders to receive academic accommodations. This gives thousands of college students across the country equal opportunity for higher education. However, many students and their families are unaware of the range of help that is available to support students with mental health conditions. Our hope with this article is to raise more awareness of what kind of academic accommodations are available and how to benefit from them.

Mental health disorders that may qualify for accommodation

Why you may need an academic accommodation

For people with these and other mental health disorders, getting a college education is a very difficult or impossible task. They may struggle with one or more of the following limitations:

Types of accommodations that are available

Student support services will be able to detail the specific accommodations that are available at your campus. In general, the most common accommodations are:

Getting academic accommodation

Getting academic accommodation takes the combined effort of student support services and your mental health provider. You'll need proper documentation of your diagnosed mental health disorder and your school will need guidance on what kind of help will be most beneficial for your situation.

If you or someone you know is a student whose grades are suffering because of a mental health disorder, Medens Health is accepting new patients in California and Nevada. Reach out to us by phone or text at (833) 624-5400, send us a message using our online contact form, or to register as a new patient get started here.


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