Based on the responses we received, it's evident that students feel unsupported by CU Boulder Disability Services and on campus generally.
A student shares their experience, writing, "It's annoying as all hell. I had to go through on campus services to get a 'rule-out diagnosis' for autism accommodations, because I am not diagnosed officially, and getting proper documentation from doctors for other disabilities is a huge pain... They refused to do it actually for autism solely, because I communicated well and did well in school as a kid, because I'm low-support-needs/high-masking. They ended up giving me one for anxiety, which I don't have, but it at least gave me the accommodation I asked for." Another autistic student writes that, the "Office of Disability Services is honestly more trouble than it's worth to me."
Another student tells us, "Students are required to submit documentation to get accommodations for any type of disability. That includes temporary disabilities, like if you end up bedridden from COVID. If you are too sick to see a doctor independently and you don't have anyone to ask for help, you can't get accommodations and students are frequently forced to drop classes as a result. Personally, that's happened to me for about a dozen classes."
Counseling staff told us that it can take 1-3 weeks to see a counselor after the initial intake appointment. Getting an appointment with one of the psychiatric staff usually takes longer.
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