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Temporary Disabilities

Disability Services 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 may include, but are not limited to: broken limbs, hand injuries, or short term impairments following surgery or medical treatments.

Documentation Requirements

To receive accommodations for a temporary disability, the student must submit documentation to Disability Services indicating the type of disability, severity, limitations, prognosis, and estimated duration of the disabling condition.  It is also helpful to know any adverse side effects caused by medication and recommendations for accommodations.  The documentation should be recent enough to identify current limitations. Additional documentation may be requested to verify the need for continued services after the estimated duration of the condition has expired.

Instead of documentation being reviewed by the Documentation Review Committee, the student should call and set-up an appointment with the first available Accommodations Counselor to review the available documentation of the temporary disability and discuss possible accommodation needs.  The Accommodations Counselor will advise the student if any additional documentation will be required prior to setting up accommodations, as well as share information on potential resources.

Potential Accommodations for Temporary Disabilities

Academic accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis. Examples of accommodations which may be available for a temporary arm, hand, or upper extremity injury may include:

  • Scribe for exams
  • Notetaking assistance
  • Audio recorder for lectures
  • Extended testing time
  • Computer for essay exams

Students with temporary disabilities may want to meet with an Accommodations Counselor to discuss:

  • Potential classroom and testing accommodations
  • Information on accessible routes and elevator access on campus
  • Information on how to apply for a county-issued disabled parking placard or paratransit services
  • How to hire a personal attendant to assist with personal care and getting around campus

Disability Services and Texas A&M University DO NOT provide personal assistance to students with temporary disabilities such as building-to-building transportation or the transport of books or other personal items.  Wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility devices are considered personal devices and are not guaranteed or provided for long-term loan by Disability Services.

Other Resources/Accommodations that Individuals with Temporary Disabilities may want to consider:
  • Parking and Transportation
    Texas A&M University does not issue disabled parking placards.  Students who are interested in obtaining a disabled parking permit must apply for one through the local county tax assessor-collector's office.  If the student is unable to use the campus transit (bus) system, they may be eligible for paratransit services.
  • Residence Life (on-campus housing)
    Students who have mobility concerns may inquire with the Department of Residence Life to be moved to a first floor room and/or to a room with accessible bathroom facilities (as space is available). Contact your Residence Hall Director or the Housing Assignments office to discuss availability and options.
  • Kinesiology Courses (Physical Education Activity Program course)
    The Department of Health and Kinesiology typically handles requests for consideration and adjustments to physical education courses due to temporary disabilities without students needing to register with Disability Services.  Please contact Ms. Melinda Grant, (979) 845-1156, mlg@tamu.edu to discuss needs.
  • Equipment Loan, Rental and Sales
    The Department maintains a list of local companies that rent and sell equipment to help with mobility (wheelchairs, scooters, etc).