Temporary Medical Conditions

Temporary medical conditions such as broken bones or sprains, infectious diseases, general surgery, non-complicated pregnancy, or other common medical conditions are not regarded as disabilities.The degree of functional limitation and duration of the condition, typically does not cause enough impairment to qualify an individual as having a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991.

Disability Services

Disability Resources and Services does, however recognize that temporary medical conditions can be problematic and therefore offers the following suggestions.

Pitt-Johnstown students, faculty, and staff who desire designated handicap parking on campus must obtain a state-issued Person with Disability/Severely Disabled Veteran Parking Placard by application through the commonwealth or the state in which their vehicle is registered. Pennsylvania residents can click here.  

Handicapped parking (HP) spaces will be assigned designated parking lots and garages based on availability. The cost of an HP space will be the same as the standard parking permit. Placards will be honored as long as a valid University permit for that lot is also displayed.

Metered parking spaces reserved for individuals with placards are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The University of Pittsburgh's attendance policy is specific to the school or course in which you are enrolled. Consult with your instructor regarding his/her attendance policy. If your medical condition results in a significant number of absences you might consider resigning from the term. Instructors with specific attendance polices can hold you accountable for absences from class regardless of reason.

Certain temporary medical conditions may necessitate resignation from an academic term. Please visit the Registrar's Office in 279 Blackington Hall for more details on this process.

Writing and Test-Taking
If arm or hand movement is restricted and subsequently affects your ability to write, take notes, or take tests, inform your instructor of your temporary impairment and its expected duration. Discuss alternate methods for completing examinations, or ask a fellow classmate for a copy of lecture notes. If writing will be affected for an extended period of time, consider investing in a speech-to-text software program.

If you have additional questions or specific disability-related needs, contact Disability Services at 814-269-7119