I am 35 years old and starting college again to complete my undergraduate degree.
The first time around, from 18-22, I developed Narcolepsy (with Cataplexy) but was undiagnosed. Because of this, I did not complete my degree.
Now I am finally starting again, at a different school, and applied to the Disability office for accommodations.
Unfortunately, the Disability Office requires a new (within one year old) verification of disability, despite all the paperwork I gave them of my sleep studies and forms filled out by my diagnosing sleep specialist neurologist. Under my current health insurance/plan, sleep studies and special neurologists are not covered, so I have asked my primary doctor to fill out the form. However, I want to say his understanding of narcolepsy- and the impacts it will have for a student- is pretty poor.
Should I just fill out the form myself and ask him to sign it?
Does anyone know of any good articles or factsheets directed towards doctors or the medical community that could help in this case?
The accommodations I could think of that I asked the Disability office included: nap spaces, understanding if I fall asleep in class, the ability to stand or do some sort of handiwork while in a lecture, etc.
Has any other college students found any tips or tricks or ways that their Disability offices could help them?
Thank you so much! Today is my first day- wish me luck!
p.s. I am attaching the verification form they want a 'diagnostician' to fill out.