TEMPORARY IMPAIRMENT GUIDELINES
In order to provide proper services to students with impairments, UAB requires that students provide verification of their impairment to Disability Support Services (DSS) 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. DSS will make every effort to accommodate temporary injuries when possible. The following guidelines will provide information about services and resources which DSS and the university can provide for a student with a temporary impairment. Some examples of temporary impairments addressed by these guidelines include broken extremities, hand injuries, torn ligaments, etc.
Who Can Verify a Temporary Impairment 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 should be on official letterhead and include the following:
- a statement which classifies the individual as impaired
- onset, nature, estimated duration and severity of impairment
- any adverse side effects caused by medication
- recommended assistance to accommodate the individual’s impairment
- a signature from the diagnosing professional
Accommodations Through DSS
Accommodations for a temporary impairment are approved for one semester or less, and will be determined after a review of the documentation and recommendations from the treating professional. Students approved for accommodations based on a temporary impairment will be provided a letter listing the accommodations approved by DSS. 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
- Notetaking assistance
- Access to Assistive Technology (voice to text software)
- Use of word processor for essay exams
What Accommodations or Services are not provided by DSS?
Disability Support Services does not provide building-to-building transportation. Also, DSS 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 DSS.
Please return the report or address questions regarding documentation to:
Disability Support ServicesPhone (205) 934-4205
University of Alabama at Birmingham
9th Ave Office Building, Suite 100
1720 2nd Ave S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1413
TDD (205) 934-4248
Fax (205) 934-8170