How to Apply for Services with Disability Services

Students with disabilities are responsible for identifying themselves as needing an academic accommodation, providing appropriate documentation and requesting the appropriate reasonable accommodation(s). UH Hilo does not provide diagnostic services. It is strongly recommended that high school students with disabilities obtain current testing and clinical documentation prior to exiting their high school or educational setting.

To Apply

  1. Be officially accepted as a student at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

  2. Have your medical provider fill out and complete the "Medical Provider - Recommended Educational Accommodations" form and submit via file drop (refer to instructions below) or fax.

  3. Fill out the online UH Hilo Disability Services Application

    • Paper and PDF versions of the Disability Services application availible by request; contact Disability Services for details.
  4. Disability documentation requirements include:

    • A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.
    • A description of the diagnostic criteria and/or diagnostic test used.
    • A description of the current functional impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation requested.
    • Treatments, medications, assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use.
    • A description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time.
    • The credentials of the diagnosing professional(s).
  5. To send a hard copy, please mail to: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Disability Services, 200 W Kāwili St. Hilo HI, 96720.

  6. To hand deliver a hard copy, please drop it at Student Services Center, Room E230.

  7. To send in necessary documentation by electronic format, please follow the steps below to ensure confidentiality:

    • Go to UH FileDrop
    • Sign in using your UH username and password
    • The page that will show will be the "Upload Details" page. For recipient, please type in uds@hawaii.edu
    • Under "Require Authentication," please mark "Yes, require recipient to log in using the UH Login (recommended).
    • Under "Expiration Time", please select 14 days
    • Under "Optional Message," please type what document you will be sending us in the space provided.
    • Click 'Proceed"
    • To upload the document, click "Choose File"
    • Once you have selected the document, click "Open"
    • In "Description" please type the name of the document
    • Click "Start Upload' and the confidential document will be sent to the University Disability Services
  8. Once all documentation is received by the DS office, a determination will be made. The student will be contacted with the results and a subsequent appointment will be made to further discuss the student academic accommodation needs, or discuss denial of services based on ineligibility. Appeal process information will be provided if a denial is made.