Temporary Impairments

What is a Temporary Impairment?

crutchesTemporary impairments may include, but are not limited to, conditions such as concussions, recovery from surgery, or a broken arm or leg. Students are responsible for notifying Wesleyan University of their need for assistance due to temporary impairments.

If a temporary impairment is known in advance (ex. due to an upcoming surgery), it is strongly suggested that students begin making plans with the relevant office(s) ahead of time. Students with mobility or sensory related temporary impairments should familiarize themselves with Wesleyan’s Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities.

Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate office(s) below:

  • Accessibility Services

    Accessibility Services (accessibility@wesleyan.edu) can assist in evaluating student needs and in making temporary arrangements. The following are examples of some of the considerations provided, as appropriate for an individual student's situation:

    • Inability to write with dominant hand due to a physical injury:
      • use of speech-to-text software, use of computer with recording software for note taking, use of computer or scribe for exams
    • Difficulty reading print materials due to a concussion:
      • electronic formats of books when available, for use with text-to-speech software
    • Difficulty with focus and concentration due to a concussion or side effects from medications:
      • extended time for exams, distraction-reduced exam setting
  • Davison Health Center

    Davison Health Center (860-685-2470) can assist with transportation for students with mobility impairments as well as provide referrals to off-campus services that assist with medical equipment, including crutches and wheelchairs.

  • Public Safety

    Public Safety (860-685-2345) can assist with accessible parking and escort assistance.

  • Residential Life

    Residential Life (Request ResLife Help) can assist with accessibility issues in campus housing.

    • Please note: the ability to accommodate requests for accessible housing are guided by space availability and student needs.
    • Students with mobility or sensory related temporary impairments are encouraged to talk with their student staff leader to review emergency evacuations procedures in their residence.