Temporary Conditions

Temporary conditions refer to a short time period in which a person has a disability, for example, a broken leg, a surgical procedure, or a common health condition.

Some students with temporary mobility impairments due to a broken leg or surgical procedure may qualify for transportation assistance arranged through OAS. Paratransit services are available for those students, faculty and staff who qualify. Please call our office at (404) 727-9877; accessibility@emory.edu or (770) 784-4690; oas_oxford@emory.edu  so that we can provide Paratransit with the requisite information.

Other students with injuries to arms and hands may use voice input computers or other equipment. OAS has a list of software resources that can be downloaded or purchased.  Temporary health concerns of themselves, however, do not commonly constitute a disability and afford a student special accommodations facilitated through OAS.

Although students may contact OAS, those with temporary or common health conditions should discuss the need for short-term considerations with their professors. Students who believe their accommodation needs have not been met may contact OAS for assistance. 


To receive accommodations for a temporary disability, the student must submit the Student Registration Form and appropriate documentation to OAS indicating the type of disability, severity, limitations, prognosis, and estimated duration of the disabling condition. It is also helpful to know any adverse side effects caused by medication and recommendations for accommodations. The documentation should be recent enough to identify current limitations. Additional documentation may be requested to verify the need for continued services after the estimated duration of the condition has expired. Once documentation has been received and approved, the student will meet with the Compliance Specialist to determine appropriate accommodations and to discuss the accommodation process.

In situations where services are needed immediately but documentation may not yet be available, OAS will make every effort to work with the student to provide accommodations.

How to Register with OAS

The documentation can be sent to us one of the following ways:

  • Uploaded directly to Accommodate.
  • Faxed to (404) 727-1126 (Main campus) or (770) 784-4667 (Oxford campus).
  • Emailed to accessibility@emory.edu (Main campus) or oas_oxford@emory.edu (Oxford campus).
  • Brought to OAS office at Clairmont campus or Oxford campus.

Once our office receives the paperwork an OAS staff member will contact you to set up an appointment and/or to let you know of any additional paperwork needed.

During the initial meeting the registration paperwork will be done. An OAS staff member will determine your eligibility for services and identify reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Transfer, Graduate, and Visiting Students:  

In addition to the documentation you provide, OAS also encourages students to send a letter from the institution you previously attended that includes the timeframe in which you were provided services and the accommodations used.

If you are transferring from Oxford, you will follow the same process to request your accommodations each term.  All forms can be accessed from your student portal.

OAS reserves the right to request additional documentation in order to support specific accommodations. If additional information is needed, OAS may determine that it is appropriate to provide temporary/provisional accommodations.   Provisional accommodations will be determined based on the information that is provided.