Temporary disabilities refer to a short time period in which a person has a disability, for example, an injury, a surgical procedure, or a long-term illness, such as mononucleosis.
Some students with temporary mobility impairments due to a broken leg or surgical procedure may qualify for transportation assistance arranged through SSD. Paratransit services are available for those students, faculty and staff who qualify.
Other students with injuries to arms and hands may use voice input computers or other equipment housed in the Jim Knox Adaptive Technology Computing Site (ATCS). Temporary health concerns such as a common cold or short-term medical ailments, however, do not commonly constitute a disability and afford a student special accommodations facilitated through SSD.
Although students may contact SSD, those with short-term or common health conditions should discuss the need for short-term accommodations with their professors. Students who believe their accommodation needs have not been met may contact the Office of the Ombudsman (763-3545) for assistance.