Students who have a temporary injury or illness that may impact their academics are encouraged to talk to their instructors about any accommodations they may need for the duration of their impairment. In many cases, students with temporary disabilities do not need to come to SSD and can work informally with instructors to get the support they need. Examples of support that could be provided by an instructor without needing an Accommodation Letter from SSD could include notetaking support (for students with hand/arm injuries) or leniency with arriving late (for students temporarily using crutches or wheelchair).
If a temporary injury and need for accommodation is obvious (cast, sling, crutches, etc.) instructors are encouraged to informally work with students related to their impairment. If an instructor is unsure about an accommodation being requested by a student or the need for accommodations is not obvious instructors are encouraged to contact SSD.
Conditions lasting 2 weeks or less are not considered temporary disabilities. Examples might include:
- Hand/arm injuries (sprains, broken bones, surgery, etc.)
- Leg/ankle injuries (sprains, broken bones, surgery, etc.)
Conditions lasting more than 2 weeks that may qualify for temporary accommodations through SSD
- Broken bones
- Complex/multiple injuries
Students needing accommodations for a temporary condition are encouraged to talk to their instructors about their needs in the class prior to contacting SSD. Students may consult with SSD after talking with their instructor to determine if any additional accommodations are needed beyond what is being provided by the instructor.
Students who need to register for formal accommodations must provide documentation of their disability. Documentation must include a diagnosis, prognosis, expected duration and current functional limitations/impact. Once appropriate documentation has been submitted a temporary intake can be scheduled (Monday-Friday between 9-10am and 3-4pm).
SSD does not provide assistance with transportation around campus. Wheelchairs are available to borrow from Student Emergency Services (http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/emergency/).