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Covered Disabilities

Types of Disabilities Covered

The Office of Student Support Services currently provides reasonable accommodations for a number of disabilities. These include but are not limited to:

Psychiatric/Psychological Conditions

Refers to a range of conditions marked by varying degrees and types of emotional, developmental, cognitive, and/or behavioral manifestations. Also a persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, or mental illness that adversely affects educational performance and/or functioning and may require medication. "Mental illness" refers to the collection of all diagnosable mental disorders causing severe disturbances in thinking, feeling, relating, and functional behaviors.

EXAMPLES: Adjustment Disorder; Social Anxiety; Panic Attacks; Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Depression; Bipolar Disorder I and II; Emotional Disturbance; Paranoid Schizophrenia
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Neurological Conditions

Relates to the central nervous system comprised of the brain and spinal cord. A neurological impairment or disability may affect an individual's speech, motor skills, vision, memory, muscle actions and learning abilities.

EXAMPLES: ADHD; Aneurysm; Borderline Intellectual Functioning Disorder; Cerebral Palsy; Charcot Marie Tooth Muscular Dystrophy; Epilepsy; Migraine Headaches; Positional Vertigo; Seizures; Speech Impairments; Spinal Injury; Spinal Muscular Atrophy; Stuttering; Syncope; Tourette's; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); Nystagmus
Information on Neurological Conditions

Physical Disabilities/Mobility Impairments

Any impairment that limits the physical function of one or more limbs, or fine or gross motor ability. Mobility impairments are defined as a limitation in locomotion or motor functions, which indicate a need for supportive services or programs. Mobility limitations can include permanent or temporary disabilities. Many of the individuals who have mobility impairments use canes, braces, wheelchairs, etc.

EXAMPLES: Hip Disorder; Skeletal Deformity
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Sensory Impairments

An impairment in one of the senses. The term is used primarily to refer to vision and hearing impairment, but other senses can be impaired as well.

EXAMPLES: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Visually Impaired
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Chronic Medical Conditions

Enduring conditions that often develop over time which treatment can alleviate but not necessarily cure. There are a variety of medical conditions that may restrict a student's full participation in all activities of the University. At times, it is not the condition itself, but the medication that is required to control symptoms that impair academic performance. Common side effects of medication include fatigue, memory loss, shortened attention span, loss of concentration, and drowsiness. In some cases, the degree of impairment may vary from time to time because of the nature of the disability or the medication.

EXAMPLES: Asthma; Anemia; Hypo-thyroidism; Hypertension, Lupus; Obesity; Diabetes
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Learning Disabilities

A disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or using language, spoken or written, which impact one's ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or perform mathematical calculations. The learning problem must also significantly interfere with academic achievement or activities of daily living that require reading, math, or writing.

EXAMPLES: Math Disorder (Dyscalculia); Reading Disorder (Dyslexia); Dysgraphia; Specific Learning Disability; Disorder of Written Expression, Expressive Language Disorder
Information on Learning Disabilities