How to get Temporary Disability Help

  • In order to provide proper services for students with disabilities, IUP requires that students provide verification of their disability to the Department for Disability Access and Advising (D2A2) at the time services are requested. This information will be utilized to establish appropriate accommodations.

    A temporary injury or acute medical condition does not necessarily qualify as a disability under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act; however, the severity and duration of the temporary injury, medical, or psychological/emotional condition will be taken into consideration. D2A2 will make every effort to accommodate temporary disabilities when possible.

    The following guidelines will provide information about services and resources that D2A2 and the university can provide for a student with a temporary disability. Some common examples of temporary disabilities addressed by these guidelines include broken extremities, hand injuries, torn ligaments, etc. 

    Who Can Verify a Temporary Disability, and What Documentation is Required?

    Documentation will be accepted from a certified, licensed, or professional person whose training is commonly accepted for establishing a specific diagnosis. The documentation must be on official letterhead and include the following: a statement that classifies the individual as disabled; onset, nature, duration, and severity of disability; any adverse side effects caused by medication; recommended assistance to accommodate the individual’s disability; and a signature from the diagnosing professional. The documentation must be recent enough to describe how the disability affects the individual currently. This process will assist D2A2 in establishing appropriate accommodations. Accommodations for a temporary disability are approved for one semester or less and will be determined after a review of the documentation.

    Documentation should be submitted to D2A2 (216 Pratt Hall), and an appointment should be scheduled to meet with a D2A2 advisor in order to arrange for and implement appropriate accommodations.

    Services for Students with Temporary Arm, Hand, or Upper Extremity Impairments

    Examples of accommodations that may be available for a temporary arm, hand, or upper extremity injury include:  

    • Extended test times
    • Permission to audio record lectures
    • Volunteer note takers
    • Scribes for exams
    • Use of word processors for essay exams

    If needed, exams can be scheduled with D2A2 and administered with approved accommodations.

    Services for Students with Temporary Mobility Impairments

    D2A2 will provide students with temporary mobility impairments with the following:

    • Information on accessible routes and elevator access on campus
    • Referral to the IUP Parking Services for temporary on-campus handicap parking access (updated copies of temporary disability documentation must be provided to the University Police every two weeks while the need for handicap parking access persists)
    • Information on the Indiana County Transit Authority (IndiGO)

    D2A2 and the university do not provide personal assistance in the form of building-to-building transportation or in getting to and from classes, including the transport of books or other personal items. D2A2 does offer the short-term temporary loan of either an electric or manual wheelchair (when available, on a first-come, first-served basis) for use while a student is securing their own personal wheelchair or mobility assistive device for longer-term use. Wheelchairs and other mobility assistive devices are considered personal devices and are not guaranteed or provided long-term for loan by D2A2.

    Services for Students with Other Types of Temporary Disabilities

    Appropriate services for other types of temporary disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the injury, medical, or psychological/emotional condition and the information and recommendations contained within the documentation of such.

    Absences from Class, or Missed Exams and Assignments

    If you must be absent from class because of your temporary disability, it is your responsibility to stay in contact with your professors. Generally, class attendance is considered an essential component of a course. Excused absences from class (beyond those normally allowed by the professor for all students in the class) or make-ups for missed exams or assignments, whether or not due to disability or medically related reasons, are not necessarily considered a reasonable accommodation. Our office can, however, verify your disability or medical condition for any professors who you wish for us to contact.

    Some professors may choose to allow for excess absences (or allow you to make-up missed exams), but they are not necessarily required to do so. In any case, you should make arrangements to get and complete any work that you may have missed.

    If you wish to have the class lecture notes for the days you are absent, you should either contact a friend in the class or send an audio recorder to the classroom to record the lectures. If it appears that the extent of your absences from class (or missed exams or assignments) will seriously affect your overall grade(s) for the course(s), you may want to talk with D2A2 and receive advising over whether or not it would be in your best interest to seek a withdrawal from the course(s).