Identifying and Registering a Disability

The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) assists students, faculty, and staff by maximizing ability and opportunity for full participation at MSU. If you are a student or employee at MSU, and you have a disability that substantially limits a major life activity, you can register with the RCPD and you may be eligible to receive accommodations. Please note this information is kept strictly confidential. Self-identification is voluntary. However, if you have a disability, not registering with the RCPD may delay or compromise the availability of accommodations. The following steps should be taken to expedite the requesting accommodations process.

1. Formally identify as a student or employee with a physical, sensory, cognitive or psychological disability via secure/confidential web registration at MyProfile.rcpd.msu.edu.

2. Upon receipt of a request to register from MyProfile, an RCPD Disability Specialist will contact the student or employee through their MSU email account to request documentation of their disability

3. Once sufficient documentation is received, the specialist will contact the student or employee to set up a needs assessment to fully discuss accommodation requests.

For additional information regarding registration and documentation for your disability, visit your Disability Services web page.

As each disability is unique, an RCPD specialist provides details on what constitutes appropriate documentation for a particular disability. At a minimum, documentation of a disability must appear on official letterhead from a licensed medical, diagnostic or psychological professional and include a diagnosis, scope or degree of involvement, and summary of related functional limitations. As many reasonable accommodations require significant pre-planning, registration with the RCPD prior to situations requiring accommodations is essential.