Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR)
We adhere to the core understanding that disability is diversity and intrinsic to society. We provide equitable access to students with permanent and temporary disabilities for educational and college experiences. We promote self-advocacy by fostering an inclusive campus culture through collaboration and mutual respect for diverse learners.
CDAR envisions a culture which embraces the diversity of individuals with disabilities and provides seamless access and equity for all. We aspire to develop disability allies who incorporate best practices to ensure inclusivity by design.
The University of Idaho is committed to providing equal and integrated access for individuals with disabilities to all the academic, social, cultural and recreational programs it offers. This commitment is consistent with legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and embodies the university’s historic determination to ensure the inclusion of all members of its communities.
Students are asked to notify the Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) as soon as possible to discuss disability-related concerns and needs. Call 111-111-6307 or email [email protected].
Once students have been accepted into an academic program, they are encouraged to begin the process for obtaining accommodation(s). Review and development of accommodation(s) may take several weeks.
- Start the process of requesting accommodations before classes begin.
- Provide documentation to CDAR prior to the initial appointment to discuss accommodations.
Download and print our current Procedures for Requesting Accommodations.
Preparing Disability Documentation
In general, disability documentation must be provided by a physician, psychologist, audiologist or other licensed professional appropriately qualified to diagnose the specific disability of the individual. If documentation is older than three years, students can receive accommodations for a one-year grace period.
Documentation must include:
- For learning disabilities, a comprehensive assessment of aptitude/cognitive abilities and academic achievement and the resulting diagnostic report.
- A 504 or IEP is beneficial but is not a substitute for a psychological or psycho-educational evaluation.
- The particular diagnosis, including when the diagnosis was made and the likely duration of the disability
- Details of the student’s functional limitations created by the disability(s)
- Accommodations recommended for the student, along with explanations of why these accommodations would be useful.
Evaluators are encouraged to include appropriate medical reports, relevant medical history, test scores where applicable (especially for individuals with cognitive disabilities) and any other medical or educational data that would be useful in determining and providing appropriate accommodations and services.
Once a student's eligibility is established, CDAR staff and the student work together to formulate the academic accommodations each semester that will best assist the student in pursuing their academic goals. Accommodations are evaluated each semester to determine efficiency and usefulness.
CDAR periodically sends announcements via email. As a student registered with CDAR, you will be automatically added to our email list to receive announcements through your VandalMail email account. These may include CDAR events, registration information, scholarship opportunities, job announcements, campus road closures and elevator outages.