The range of disabilities in this category is large and includes chronic health conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancers, AIDS, hemophilia, epilepsy, and hepatitis, among others. These illnesses can affect cognitive (e.g., concentration, memory) and motor (e.g., mobility) functions and may have acute phases requiring bed rest or hospitalization. Functional abilities and limitations vary widely and these conditions are often associated with fatigue. There may be periods of remission in which the student seems to have no impairment of function. Because of the vast differences among students, the best judge of what students can or cannot do are the individuals themselves.
For more information, please visit Working with Students with Medical Disabilities.
To learn more about the associations and supports that are available specific to your disability, check out our Advocacy and Support page
- Managing Chronic Health Conditions in School
- Cornucopia of Disability Information
- Internet Disability Resources related to Mobility or Neurological Impairments
- Disability Resources–specific conditions
- Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
- American Diabetes Association
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Lupus Foundation
- Arthritis Answers