Student riding mobility scooter

Temporary disabilities are short term conditions that generally are the result of an accident or short term medical situation such as surgery.  Students with temporary disabilities are not entitled to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 nor the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  A general rule of thumb is that a disability covered under the ADA or Rehab Act is a condition that lasts six months or more.  This is a rule of thumb, and each situation is judged on an individual basis.  However, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will attempt to accommodate students with temporary disabilities on a limited basis. For more information on services to assist with the short term disability, please contact Student Health Services at 608.342.1891 or

Student Health Services has crutches available at no charge as well as scooters which can be rented on a first come first served basis. There is also the availability of a city taxi service and UW-Platteville shuttle buses for transportation needs. Student Health Services will provide information and ideas  to students with temporary disabilities regarding  how to deal with academic concerns.

Students seeking accommodations or services on the basis of a temporary disability may in some instances be asked to provide documentation verifying the nature of the condition, stating the expected duration of the condition, and describing the accommodation deemed necessary. Such verification must be provided by a professional health care provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of such conditions. The assessment or verification of disability must reflect the student’s current level of disability, and shall be no older than 60 days. The cost of obtaining the professional verification is the responsibility of the student.