Disability Services for Students

302 Memorial Union Univeristy of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 02881


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302 Memorial Union
50 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
T: 401-874-2098
F: 401-874-5694
TT via RI Relay: 711
E: dss@etal.uri.edu

Temporary Conditions & Injuries

Temporary conditions, such as a sprained ankle,  broken bone, or medical conditions related to pregnancy can be challenging, painful and/or 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 may be exceptions 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. We are also committed to the Title IX inclusion of students who are, or have been recently, pregnant with medical conditions.

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.

Please see related sections of this website on Documentation and Accommodation procedures.

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).
  • adjustments to housing assignments (only during the Housing and Residential Liferegistration periods)
  • accessible classroom adjustments
  • Point to point transportation is also available by reservation at RI Kingston Connection Service by calling:
  • From the Rhode Island 401 area code:   877-906-3539
  • From an out-of-state area code:   401-784-9500     x1220
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 302 Memorial Union, Office of Student Life, or e-mail dss@etal.uri.edu, 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

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