Students with Chronic Health Impairments

Colleges across the country are seeing an increase in the number of students with various chronic health impairments.  Students with this kind of disability present a variety of characteristics and needs. They may need immediate assistance beyond academic accommodations, physical accommodations and referral to numerous campus or community medical professionals.

Suggested classroom practices

  • Allow flexibility in class starting time if students have made it known that they may be a few minutes late to class.
  • Be open to suggestions from the students about how to best accommodate their needs.

Possible recommended academic accommodations

  • Extended time for tests and / or assignments or projects; students may need extended time for a variety of reasons concerning their condition or medication.
  • Ability to make up work due to medical absence; students may be absent due to treatment sessions or hospitalization