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, concussions/traumatic brain injuries, or short term impairments following surgery or medical treatments.

Documentation Requirements

Students are asked to provide documentation from the appropriate, licensed provider of care for the temporary condition. Appropriate professionals should complete the Disability Documentation Form. The Disabilities Services staff can assist the student in obtaining documentation, provided the student signs a release of information for the provider to share information with Disabilities Services. Students should contact Disabilities Services staff as soon as they know there is a need for support or 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 Disabilities Services staff 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 or other conditions impacting their residence life needs may inquire about housing accommodations through Disability Services. Accommodations can be made when appropriate as space is available.

Equipment Loan

Disability Services maintains a manual wheelchair and knee scooters that are available for short-term loan on a first-come, first-serve basis.