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Students with Hidden Disabilities

Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and Psychiatric Disorders

Advising students with hidden disabilities can present challenges to the college advisor. To effectively advise a student with a disability the more you are familiar with the process, the better. Students are required to provide the disability office with current documentation of their disability. Please review the University of Richmond’s disability policy. Below are tips about information and resources that can lead to success.

  • Contact Mary Churchill, Ph.D., Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for questions at or 289-8119, or drop by 201 Richmond Hall
  • If students are eligible for academic accommodations (e.g. extended time), they must have a Disability Accommodation Notice (DAN) form that can only be obtained from their designated disability advisor
  • Direct students to send all documentation
  • Make sure each student is familiar with the undergraduate catalog and have them print and highlight important information for future reference
  • Encourage advisees to try to take a balanced course-load that plays to their strengths if possible
  • Consider a minimal course load for first-year students with disabilities, which allow students to get adjusted to the demands of college life
  • Discuss attending summer terms to help keep pace with credit requirements and to focus on more difficult subject areas
  • Review the deadlines for add/drop and withdrawal periods
  • Feel free to consult with one of the disability advisors at any time

For services for students with physical/medical disabilities, please Arlene Waller, M.D., Student Health Center at or call 289-8064.