Disability Resources recognizes that individuals with temporary conditions that are a result of injuries, surgery or short-term disabilities may need access to resources and accommodations.
Examples of temporary conditions may include, but are not limited to: broken limbs, hand injuries or short term disabilities following surgery or medical treatments. Note: Disability Resources does not provide any kind of transportation to or from classes. Please see Transportation Services for more information.
Documentation Requirements and Requesting Accommodations
To receive accommodations for a temporary condition, the student should submit information to Disability Resources indicating the type of disability, impact and estimated duration of the disability. It is also helpful to know any side effects caused by medication and recommendations for accommodations. The information should be recent enough to identify current impact. Additional information may be requested to update Disability Resources on continued need for accommodations.
Students should complete the New Student Application in the AIM Student Portal which provides an opportunity to describe the impact of the temporary condition, the potential accommodation needs and provide documentation from a qualified medical professional. Documentation may include a return to work note, hospital or clinic discharge note, picture of casted limb, etc.
Potential Accommodations for Temporary conditions
Academic accommodations are identified through an interactive process. 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
Resources and Referral Information
Students with temporary conditions may want to meet with an Access Coordinator to discuss:
- Classroom and testing accommodations
- Accessible routes and elevator access on campus
- 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
- 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 (979-845-4744) 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 conditions without students needing to register with Disability Resources. Please contact the course instructor directly to discuss your specific needs.
- Equipment Rental and Sales — Disability Resources maintains a list of local companies that rent and sell equipment to help with mobility (wheelchairs, scooters, etc).