Students with Transitory Impairments and Section 504
Section 504 , part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a Federal law designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities who go to schools receiving Federal financial help. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or (2) have a record of such an impairment, or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment (ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Section 3 (1)(A–C)).
A student is not regarded as an individual with disabilities if the impairment is transitory and minor (ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Section 3 (3)(B)). A transitory impairment is an impairment with an actual or expected duration of six months or less. A transitory impairment is not a disability for Section 504 unless its severity is such that is results in a substantial limitation of one or more major life activities for an extended period.
Whether a transitory impairment is substantial enough to be a disability must be resolved case by case regarding each individual student, considering both the duration (and expected duration) of the impairment and the extent to which the impairment limits one or more major life activities of the affected student.
Student Accessibility Services recognizes students with transitory impairments, that result from injuries, surgery or short-term medical conditions, may need access to services and resources like individuals with permanent disabilities. Examples of transitory impairments may include, but are not limited to: broken limbs, hand injuries, or short term impairments following an accident, surgery or medical treatment.
For certain other short-term accommodations for a temporary health-related condition, including a temporary parking permit, please visit Center for Health and Wellbeing's list of resources.
To receive services and resources for a transitory impairment, the student will fill out the Student Transitory Impairment Disclosure Form and include medical documentation that addresses these criteria:
• Type of disabling condition
• Functional limitations affecting academics
• Estimated duration of the disabling condition
It is also helpful to know any adverse side effects caused by medication and recommendations for services. The documentation should be recent enough to identify current limitations. More documentation may be asked to verify the need for continued services after the estimated duration of the condition has ended.
Potential Services and Resources for Transitory Impairments
Temporary services are approved case by case.
Students with a transitory impairment may want to meet with an Accessibility Specialist to discuss:
• Potential academic assistance (i.e. classroom and testing relief)
• Potential housing options
• Information on accessible routes and elevator access on campus
Student Accessibility Services does not provide personal help to students transitory impairments such as personal care attendants or the transport of books or other personal items. Wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility devices are considered personal devices and are not provided for loan by Student Accessibility Services.