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Temporary Impairments and Health Conditions

Students may experience temporary medical conditions that impact academic participation or accessibility around campus. The Office of Disability Services will work with the individual student to create an Access Plan so their education is not affected by their impairment or condition.

What are Temporary Impairments and Health Conditions?

Temporary impairments and/or health conditions include, but are not limited to, broken limbs, burns, post-surgery recovery, pregnancy and other similar conditions that temporarily impair or influence with students' abilities to fully participate in academic activities.

James Madison University is not obligated to provide services to students with temporary, non-chronic impairments as they are not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, in an effort to create an accessible and inclusive community, the Office of Disability Services works with students and faculty to find solutions to the short-term issues that may arise from injuries or health conditions.


Accommodations for students with a temporary impairment or condition depend on their individual limitations and documentation. The accommodations that are available, but are not limited to, the following:

How to get Accommodations

The Office of Disability Services requires a student with a temporary impairment or heath condition to register for services. The registration process includes the following steps:

  1. Submit application and release form. Please submit the application and release form to ODS in person, via fax, via mail, or scan and e-mail to
  2. Provide documentation of the impairment and the associated need for accommodations, preferably by having a treating clinician complete the ODS Verification of Medical or Psychological Condition or Disability form.
  3. A practitioner in ODS will review the materials submitted with the expectation of discussion in meeting with the student.
  4. ODS will contact student for initial meeting via telephone or e-mail to your account. In this meeting, staff and the student will discuss things such as duration of condition, accommodation recommendations, and resources that can assist the student with their temporary impairment or health condition.


Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is committed to providing the highest quality of counseling to students to help them cope with any problems they are struggling with. If you need assistance coping with your impairment or health condition, the Counseling Center can support you in active outreach efforts, individual or group counseling, or help with any emergency or crisis affecting you. You can visit their website to make an appointment.

If you would like for someone to be able to use your JAC to get meals for you, you can register for this service through Dining Services. You will need to call 540-568-3917, between the hours of 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday and ask to talk to someone about registering for the service. They will ask for your name, phone number, JAC number, and the name of the person who will be picking up the food for you. The only dining halls that offer this service are D-hall and E-hall, so be sure to specify which dining hall your friend will be picking up from.

Learning Centers
The Learning Centers offer tutoring and training to support learning of course content and curricular demands. These include:

Medical Device Vendors
If you need the aid of medical devices, the following local vendors may be able to assist you:

Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students can help students with the following: notifying faculty of extended absences, supporting students and families in challenging situations, facilitating communication and connections with university personnel, and assisting students considering withdrawal.

Options for Paying for Assistive Devices
The AbleData project, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), has released a new information sheet on funding resources for people with disabilities to obtain assistive devices. Information provided covers primary funding resources such as private and public health insurance, local school districts, vocational rehabilitation agencies, other government-sponsored resources, non-profit organizations, clinical trials and product development, crowd funding via the Internet and social media, auto manufacturer reimbursement programs, and local community, civic, and charitable organizations.

Parking and Transportation
Temporary Accessible Parking: JMU-issued handicap permits are available to students upon certification by Parking Services. Students must have a letter from a physician or the University Health Center. Please contact Parking Services for additional information on certification, accessible parking areas, and any other questions. To view all handicap parking regulations, refer to page 13 of the Parking and Traffic Regulations PDF.

HDPT Paratransit: Harrisonburg Paratransit is a wheelchair accessible public transportation service operated by the Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT). The service is for persons who cannot use their own vehicle or a transit bus due to a temporary or permanent disability that impairs mobility. To register for HDPT, you must register for services through ODS and submit the Paratransit Registration form.

Resource Guide for Psychology Graduate Students with Disabilities
A resource guide that includes suggestions for honing conflict resolution skills, strategies for navigating the internship match process, and brings to light important issues psychology gradutate students should consider for a career in academia. There are PDF's of both the first and second editions on the website and contact information to receive the documents in accessible formats.