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Temporary Medical Conditions

Student Disability Services (SDS) at UTSA provides written recommendations to instructors for assistance for students who experience a temporary medical condition that impacts their ability to access classes or perform tasks within the classroom. Students who are recovering from surgery, injury or severe illness may be eligible for temporary assistance/classroom support that may be reasonable for a limited time period.

Temporary medical conditions do not rise to the level of a disability as outlined in the ADA Amendment Act of 2008. Documentation is required and reasonable assistance is determined based on the nature of the impact of the medical condition on a case-by-case basis. In order for students to receive academic assistance, students must self-identify to Student Disability Services and provide current documentation by a licensed or certified official that states the temporary medical condition. Documentation should be the most recent evaluation of the condition and include a type written assessment and description of the current impact as it relates to the requested temporary assistance. A brief statement written by a physician on a prescription pad is not sufficient documentation.

Once the documentation is received and assessed, the student must meet with a professional in SDS to determine what recommendations are made to their instructors for temporary assistance. (NOTE: Each student's needs are identified on a case by case basis as outlined in the medical documentation received. All recommendations are made in writing to instructors who have final approval on what can be put in place in the classroom).

Eligibility Verification and Documentation

Eligibility for temporary accommodations due to a temporary medical condition is dependent upon the nature of the condition and its impact on learning. Documentation serves as a foundation that legitimizes a student's request for appropriate temporary accommodations. To qualify for temporary services, a student must provide documentation of the temporary medical condition as determined by a licensed physician and/or other specialist who is skilled in the diagnosis of such a medical condition. The following guidelines are provided to assist the physician or specialist in creating the documentation required in order to determine appropriate temporary services. The documentation is to be typed on letterhead with the professional's license number and must include the following:

  1. A clear statement of the temporary medical condition diagnosis of orthopedic/mobility disability or systematic illness and the anticipated length of the condition.

  2. Current impact the temporary medical condition or systemic illness has on the students functioning (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the condition, the student's request for temporary accommodations and the current status of the student). Therefore, temporary medical conditions that are sporadic or degenerative may require more frequent evaluation.

  3. Impact of any medications on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary environment.

  4. A statement of functional impact of limitation of the temporary medical condition on learning and other major life activity and the degree to which it impacts the individual in the learning context or which temporary accommodations are being requested.

  5. Some temporary medical conditions, due to their changing nature, may warrant additional updated documentation in the future. They may also become a permanent condition and rise to the level of a disability.