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Invisible Disabilities | Temporary Disabilities | Permission to Leave Class | Pain
Respiratory Disorders | Seizure Disorders | First Aid for Seizures

Invisible Disabilities

Students may have invisible disabilities and desire confidentiality about their condition. When discussing an accommodation, it is important to respect the rules of confidentiality. If a student requests accommodations, the student must have appropriate documentation on file in the Office of Disability Support Services.

Temporary Disabilities

Some disabilities are temporary, but may require accommodations for a limited time. Students who are recovering from surgery, injury or severe illness may be unaware of accommodations that may be reasonable for a limited time period. Encouraging students to contact the Office of Disability Support Services and to talk with faculty and staff may prevent them from dropping out of school. The student, faculty/staff member and DSS staff may work together to establish reasonable accommodations.

Permission to Leave Class

Some disabilities require consuming large quantities of fluids and urinating often. These students may need to leave the classroom more frequently than others. Other students with attentional difficulties may benefit from extra breaks during lecture classes.


Chronic pain may result in limitations to strength, standing, walking, climbing, sitting, kneeling, stooping, and carrying. Cold or sudden changes in temperature may increase the onset of pain. Students with chronic pain may need to stand or change positions intermittently during class. Severe pain may increase the number of absences, but the student would still be required to complete the course assignments.

Respiratory Disorders

Some respiratory disorders can result in significant limitations to activities, such as walking and climbing. Tolerance to temperature changes or extremes in temperature may be limited. Wet or humid conditions, along with fumes and dust, may exacerbate the problem. Environments where smoking is permitted should be avoided.

Seizure Disorders

Students who are subject to seizure disorders may have impaired consciousness, involuntary movements and brief lapses of attention. Usually the seizures will be brief and infrequent. When a seizure occurs, there is a brief change in the normal functioning of the brain’s electrical system.

First aid for seizures* -- (Convulsions, generalized tonic-clonic, grand mal)

*Source: Epilepsy Foundation

bullet Cushion head
bullet Loosen tight neckware
bullet Nothing in mouth
bullet Look for I.D.
bullet Don’t hold down
bullet Offer help as seizure ends

Although most seizures end naturally without emergency treatment, a seizure in someone who does not have epilepsy could be a sign of a serious illness. Call for medical assistance (911) if any of the following occurs:

bullet seizure lasts more than 5 minutes
bullet no "epilepsy/seizure disorder" I.D.
bullet slow recovery, a second seizure, or difficult breathing afterwards
bullet pregnancy or other medical I.D.

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