No, you are not legally required to disclose your disability; it is voluntary. However, if you do not disclose your disability, Relay does not have to provide you with any disability services, including special support, or extra time on assignments. If your disability requires such accommodations, it is in your best interest to provide Relay with documentation from a medical professional that explains your disability. As it is illegal for colleges to discriminate against you based on your disability, it is usually best to share information about your condition with Relay sooner rather than later to ensure that you receive the accommodations that you require.
If you choose to do so, you must provide Relay with documentation from a medical professional that explains your disability. Instead of disclosing your disability to a particular professor but not others (which could be misconstrued as you asking for an unfair advantage in one class but not others), follow the Disability Disclosure Process by complete the Disability Disclosure form. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) will be your point of contact in order to prevent miscommunications during your Relay experience. Once you have gone through the process, the Office of Student Affairs will connect with your Campus/Program to communicate to the relevant instructors or advisor of the accommodation you have been approved for. Note this does not include disclosing your disability/disorder.
You must provide the necessary proof to be given accommodations.
This includes recent medical evaluations and your high school IEP. The OSA is committed to engaging in interactive dialogue to ensure you receive the access your require. Therefore, should your process require meeting with the OSA, you should be able to explain what accommodations you need (extended time on assignments, access to class materials, etc.) and how these accommodations will help with your specific disability. Relay GSE also requires documentation from a treating medical professional. This is in stark contrast to what was required of you in high school. While your high school was tasked with identifying and evaluating your condition for you, in college, you are totally responsible.
If you choose not to disclose your disability and forego accommodations, you may not claim discrimination or invoke protections under the law. A student with an undisclosed disability may fail a course that is required for a particular major. The student cannot, after the fact, claim that their disability hindered their ability to pass the class and request that the failed class be removed from their transcript and that they be allowed to continue in the major. A student who does not disclose their disability is assumed not to have a disability.
Likewise, a student who does disclose their disability and receives accommodations but still does not pass a particular class cannot blame their disability for the failure and expect to be allowed to continue in the major. Students must be given an equal opportunity to try, but if, even with accommodations, the student is not qualified, the school is within its rights to issue failing grades, bar admittance from particular programs, or refuse admittance.