Physical & Medical Disabilities
Students with physical or systemic disabilities and temporary conditions must provide documentation that:
- Is comprehensive and current, within three (3) years of the student's request for accommodation(s)
- Professionals conducting assessments, rendering diagnoses of specific disabilities, and making recommendations for appropriate accommodation(s) must be qualified to do so (e.g., physician)
- Identifies an unequivocal diagnosis of a specific disability
- Discusses functional limitations caused by the disability in an academic environment or the environment in which the student is requesting accommodation(s)
- Recommends accommodation(s) to compensate for the identified functional limitations
- Lists current medication, dosages, and existing (not possible) side effects
Accommodations are decided on a case-by-case basis and may include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Priority registration
- Extended time for examinations
- Examinations in a distraction-reduced environment
- Consideration for absences
- Frequent breaks
- Writing directly on the test, without a scantron
- Note taking
- Food and beverages in class
- Enlarged tests
- Use of a computer
- Moving classes to accessible locations
- To register for services.
- To request additional accommodation(s).
- When unable to work out DS approved accommodations with faculty.
- When accommodations do not seem to be helping or the physical condition has worsened.
- When there is a problem. Be honest with the DS staff and faculty. We cannot be of assistance if we do not know a problem exists.
Examples of Physical Disabilities
- Mobility Impairments, which range in severity from limitations on stamina to paralysis, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Visual Impairments, which range in severity and limitations depending upon the type
- Systemic disabilities are conditions affecting one or more of the body's systems including:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Epilepsy/seizure disorder
- Lupus Erythematosis
- Multiple chemical sensitivity
- Seizure Disorder
- Other Physical Disabilities
- Students with a wide variety of other physical disabilities, including temporary conditions, may be eligible to receive services and/or accommodation(s) as long as the physical disability has a definitive physical cause and significantly impacts one or more major life activities that affect the student’s academic performance