2.11 Temporary Disabilities

OSWD recognizes that individuals with temporarily disabling conditions that are a result of injuries, surgery, or short-term medical conditions may need access to services and resources similar to individuals with permanent disabilities. Examples of temporary disabilities include: broken limbs, hand injuries, or short term impairments following surgery or medical treatments.

A student with a temporary disability may contact OSWD for assistance even though the student may not meet the regular eligibility requirements for OSWD services. For example, an athlete may suffer a sprained wrist or broken arm; however, the injury is not a permanent disability and the athlete may not qualify for OSWD services. Nevertheless, the student could benefit from special accommodations, such as Note Taking services. OSWD would therefore work with the faculty to provide services as a good faith efforts.

The same good faith effort applies to a student who applied for OSWD services and is currently awaiting medical, psychological, or psycho-educational documentation in support of the existence of a disability or recommendations for accommodations.