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Temporary Disabilities

Temporary medical conditions such as injuries, surgeries, or acute illnesses do not legally qualify as disabilities and are not covered under federal disability laws. However, being seriously incapacitated can create a host of practical and emotional consequences. The Learning/Access Center (L/AC) supports students experiencing temporary conditions with navigating issues such as campus access (moving classes that are in inaccessible spaces), speaking with professors, attendance, and completing assignments/exams.  The L/AC works in conjunction with the Student Advocate, Martha Cedarholm(, to administer temporary accommodations. Additionally, discussing the situation with a counselor can help you sort out your feelings and decide what is best for you. The L/AC has Learning Specialists on staff who can meet with students to help address their specific needs. Additionally, the L/AC works closely with Pratt’s Counseling Office in ensuring students are supported emotionally while dealing with temporary conditions.

Please contact the L/AC at 718.802.3123 or to schedule an appointment to get help with a temporary condition. Students needing crisis counseling can talk to a therapist 24/7 by calling 718.687.5356

Documentation of Temporary Medical Condition

Please plan to obtain a dated letter from your medical provider describing your condition, including the duration and limitations of your condition, and upload all documents here: Document Upload.