Temporary Conditions & Injuries
Temporary conditions, such as a sprained ankle or broken bone, can be very painful and debilitating. However, federal disability law such as Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 amended in 2008, does not recognize these and other short-term medical conditions as eligible to be considered for ADA protection or disability related accommodations. There is an exception for temporary conditions that endure beyond six months.
Despite this, URI Disability Services for Students may, in good faith, as space and resources allow, be able to assist with non-ADA environmental adjustments and to help facilitate the student’s inclusion in the community on a temporary basis.
With appropriate medical documentation and evidence of need, students with temporary needs may be able to request adjustments and assistance. These students follow the same documentation requirements and accommodation procedures as do students with formally recognized disabilities.
Examples of temporary adjustments that may be available with appropriate evidence of need and as space allows:
- 30-day medical parking pass for students (who are applying for DMV temporary disability permit)
- temporary access to URI Ram Van (space is very limited). You may also call to reserve rides at 1-877-906-3539, the RI Kingston Connection Service
- adjustments to housing assignments (only during the Housing and Residential Liferegistration periods)
- accessible classroom adjustments
Students with temporary needs are asked to make an appointment with Disability Services directly to discuss their concerns or needs. Please call 401-874-2098, come to 330 Memorial Union, Office of Student Life, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, to set up your initial appointment.
For complete information about the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 please go to http://www.ada.gov/new.htm