Temporary Disabilities

Carleton 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

The College typically waives documentation requirements for temporary disability needs that are self-evident. At any point, the College may ask for medical documentation to better inform its services. Students should meet with the Coordinator of Disability Services to establish their request for accommodations.

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 the Coordinator to discuss:

  • Potential classroom and testing accommodations
  • Information on accessible routes and elevator access on campus

The College DOES NOT provide personal assistance to students with temporary disabilities such as building-to-building transportation or the transport of books or other personal items.

Other Resources/Accommodations that Individuals with Temporary Disabilities may want to consider:

  • Residence Life (on-campus housing)

Students who have mobility concerns may inquire to be moved to a first floor room and/or to a room with accessible bathroom facilities (as space is available). Contact Residential Life (x4072) to discuss availability and options.

Equipment Loan, Rental and Sales

Disability Services maintains a manual wheelchair that is available for short-term loan on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please contact the office to check on availability. Scooters are available for rent by the day, week, or month from Corner Medical in Bloomington, MN. Their number is (952) 388-0500. There is a $50 fee for delivering scooters to campus.