A student who has sustained an injury or experiences acute illness that limits their ability to attend academic responsibilities may be eligible to receive temporary accommodations and support from Accessibility Services Temporary disabilities can include, but are not limited to, fractures, severe sprains, infections, depression, or recovery from an operation.
Suggested instructional strategies and accommodations
Where a student experiences temporary disability during a semester and requires accommodations, the student should first contact his or her instructor(s) to discuss temporary reasonable accommodations. If an instructor is unable to provide the required temporary accommodations, the student should be referred to Accessibility Services.
Should the prognosis for a temporary disability appear to be longer than one semester, the student should contact Accessibility Services for more extensive assistance.
- Accommodations for these situations rely on an assessment of the impact of the disability on the student’s required academic activities. The actual accommodations required are usually the same as for individuals who have long term disabilities with similar academic limitations.
- Students who are recovering from a temporary disability may not be aware of the services provided by Accessibility Services or through Counselling and Student Development. Instructors are advised to encourage such students to contact a Accessibility Advisor so that the student may continue their studies and avoid dropping out of the term.