Temporary Disability


In order to provide proper services to students with disabilities, Baylor University requires that students provide verification of their disability to the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation (OALA) at the time services are requested. This information will be utilized to establish appropriate accommodations. A temporary injury does not usually qualify as a disability under the 1990 American with Disabilities Act (ADA); however, the severity and duration of the injury will be taken into consideration. OALA will make every effort to accommodate temporary injuries when possible. The following guidelines will provide information about services and resources which OALA and university can provide for a student with a temporary disability. Some examples of temporary disabilities addressed by these guidelines include broken extremities, hand injuries, torn ligaments, etc.

Who Can Verify a Temporary Disability and What Documentation is Required?

Documentation will be accepted from a certified, licensed or professional person whose training is commonly accepted for establishing a specific diagnosis. The documentation must be on official letterhead and include the following: a statement which classifies the individual as disabled; onset, nature, duration and severity of disability; any adverse side effects caused by medication; recommended assistance to accommodate the individual’s disability; and a signature from the diagnosing professional. The documentation must be recent enough to describe how the disability affects the individual currently. This process will assist OALA in establishing appropriate accommodations.

Accommodations Through OALA

Accommodations for a temporary disability are approved for one semester or less, and will be determined after a review of the documentation and recommendations from the physician. Students approved for accommodations based on a temporary disability will be provided a letter listing the accommodations approved by OALA. Examples of accommodations which may be available for a temporary arm, hand, or upper extremity injury include:

  • Extended test time
  • Permission to tape record lectures
  • Volunteer note takers
  • Scribe for exams
  • Use of word processor for essay exams
  • Consideration of tardies

If needed, exams can be scheduled with OALA and administered with approved accommodations.

Services for Students with Temporary Mobility Impairments

OALA will provide students with temporary mobility impairments with the following:

  • Information on accessible routes and elevator access on campus
  • Referral to BU DPS Parking Service for temporary parking access
  • Information on Waco Transit- Trolley System

The Office of Access and Learning Accommodation does not provide building-to-building transportation. OALA does not provide personal assistance with getting to or from class including the transport of books or other personal items. Wheelchairs are considered a personal device and are not provided for rent or loan by OALA.

All documentation should be submitted to the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation.

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