Disability Documentation Guidelines
The disability documentation submitted by a Texas State employee should be on the official letterhead of a medical professional qualified to diagnose and manage the condition for which accommodations are being requested. The documentation must be recent enough to sufficiently describe how the disability currently affects the individual, and should include the following:
a. A description of the nature, severity, and duration of the employee’s impairment,
b. The activities that the impairment limits,
c. The extent to which the impairment limits the employee’s ability to perform the activities,
d. Substantiates why the requested accommodations are needed, and
e. Provides any other information that might assist the employee and the University to determine whether the employee has a disability and if so, an appropriate accommodation.
In addition to the above, the medical professional may recommend accommodations for the individual's disability. The Office of Disability Services (ODS), in conjunction with members of the Workplace Accommodation Interactive Team, will determine eligibility for workplace accommodation based on the documentation provided.
A temporary injury does not usually qualify as a disability under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); however severity and duration will be considered. Texas State will make every effort to accommodate temporary injuries where practical. Examples of temporary disabilities addressed by these guidelines include broken arms, broken legs, hand injuries, and torn ligaments.