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Registering with the ADRC

Registering with the ADRC

Before Registering with the ADRC

Students must meet all admission and academic standards and be formally admitted to the University of Oklahoma.

Definition of Disability

An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

Process to Register with the ADRC

  1. Fill out our registration form to self-identify as a student with a disability and submit documentation to the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center. Information regarding the documentation can be found in our Documentation Guidelines
  2. Once your documentation has been received, it will be reviewed within 5-15 university business days. Please check your OU email account regularly because this is how we will contact you once your documentation has been reviewed.
  3. If there is a need for additional documentation, this information will be provided in the email you receive from ADRC. 
  4. When you receive an email from ADRC, please follow the instructions in the email.
  5. During the registration appointment, you and an ADRC Team member will discuss appropriate accommodations to provide equal educational opportunities.

A publication by the Office for Civil Rights: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-Secondary Education: Know your Rights and Responsibilities

Documentation Guidelines

Documentation may be uploaded to the form or sent to the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center via email to, via fax to 405-325-4491, or via mail to 730 College Ave, Norman, OK 73019. We recommend documentation be uploaded to the form or sent via email to reduce the likelihood of potential delays in processing.

All documentation submitted should include the following: 

Student Information-  Student's first and last name, date of birth, and (optional) OU student ID Number. 

Provider(s) Information - A printed name with credentials, license number, signature, and provider's facility. If documents are taken from patient-side record portals then they are expected to have as much information about the provider as possible. We understand that electronic records may look different than written documentation. 

A diagnostic statement identifying the disability - Includes a statement clearly identifying the type of diagnosed disability. The provider should be qualified to diagnose and/or treat the disability for which they are providing documentation.

A description of the current functional limitations - Includes how the disability(ies) currently impacts the individual.

A description of the expected progression or stability of the disability - Includes expected changes to the functional impact (barriers) of the disability over time and context.

A description of current and past accommodations, services, and/or medications -  Includes a description of applicable auxiliary aids, assistive devices, support services, accommodations, and any significant side effects from current medications or services that may impact physical, perceptual, behavioral, or cognitive performance. 

Recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services - Recommended accommodations and strategies should be logically related to functional limitations (barriers); if connections are not obvious, a clear explanation of their relationship is necessary in order to be considered as a potential reasonable accommodation. 

Additional Documentation Guidelines

Temporary Medical Condition:

Expected length of temporary medical condition


Expected due date


Statement of how disability impacts your housing and required accommodations for equal access.

Priority deadlines are as follows:

Entering the Fall Semester: May 1

Entering the Spring Semester: November 1

Emotional Support Animal:

Why the animal is required for equal access.

Registering an ESA with the ADRC (Doc)


All documentation of disability submitted to the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center will be held in confidence. Disability documentation provided by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized health professional is not subject to free access under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).