Other Health Concerns
The range of disabilities in this category that may require academic accommodation includes; chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, arthritis, muscular dystrophy (MD), multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy (CP), cancers, HIV-infections, hemophilia, epilepsy, addiction(s) recovery, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, environmental allergies, kidney disease, lupus, migraines,and hepatitis, among others.
The range of symptoms will depend on the health concern, but many are associated with fatigue and may often lead to depression. Other symptoms and individual may experience are:
- Joint and muscle pain.
- Difficulty with concentration, attention, and memory.
- Reading may be difficult; slower than previous.
- Symptoms fluctuate for no apparent reason from day to day or week to week.
- Weakened immune system leads to frequent or long lasting secondary illnesses.
- Erratic sleep patterns.
- Very susceptible to stress.
- With CFS exercise worsens fatigue to an extreme degree.
- Cold generally worsens symptoms (especially fibromyalgia and arthritis).
Allergies can be triggered by many things in the environment, be very difficult to treat and range form mild to severe. Symptoms may include severe sneezing, watering and itchy eyes, headaches, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and rashes or other skin irritations.
Suggested instructional strategies and accommodations
- If the student has limited mobility or another disability, refer to the specific disability for further strategies and accommodations and/or consult with the Disability Advisor.
- Pop quizzes are not recommended, especially if writing assistance is needed.
- Provide lecture notes if needed.
- Appropriate accommodations may be to tape/record lectures.