Temporary Medical Conditions

Temporary medical conditions may include but are not limited to, injured limbs, surgeries, and short-term illness. These conditions may require temporary, short-term accommodations. While the University is not obligated to provide students with temporary medical conditions an accommodation, as a courtesy and where feasible, the Office of Accessibility will attempt to provide services to students who experience temporary illness or injury that will allow the student to access the physical campus and the educational curriculum. Students inquiring about such services should contact the Office of Accessibility at (330) 972-7928 (v), (330) 972-5764 (tdd) or access@uakron.edu.

Academic accommodations

The following are examples of temporary accommodations that the Office of Accessibility can provide. This list is not exhaustive, as we perform an individualized assessment of students' temporary needs.

Adaptive Technology

Students whose injuries impact the ability to type or complete computer assignments may be eligible for books in an alternative format or the use of voice recognition software.

Classroom Relocation

Classroom relocations that assist with proximity may be available when a temporary medical condition limits mobility.

Note takers

Students may be eligible for a note taker or PowerPoint notes if injuries impact their ability to take notes. Students may be required to identify their own note takers for the duration of the temporary condition.


Students, whose injuries impact the ability to complete exams, may be eligible for accommodations such as additional time, readers, writers or adaptive technology with verification of a temporary medical condition.


Accessible Parking Spaces

There are a number of parking lots on campus with accessible parking. For the complete list of these parking lots and accessible parking spaces visit the Lot List on Parking Services' website.

Temporary Parking Permits

To determine eligibility for a temporary parking permit, students with temporary medical conditions should complete the "Application for Temporary University Disability Permit" form located on Parking Services' website. A licensed physician or chiropractor must sign the form and also provide a prescription that contains the following information:

  • Name of person with disability.
  • Indicate you are applying for a temporary university disability permit.
  • How long the disability is expected to last, no greater than six months.
  • The physician/chiropractor must sign and date the prescription.
  • The physician/chiropractor must specify an ending date on the prescription or the application will be rejected.

If the disability is long-term, ask your doctor if you qualify to receive a disability parking permit from the state.


Roo Express

The University of Akron offers a free shuttle service that serves the University community. The Roo Express provides transportation to University buildings in the downtown area, neighborhoods near campus and the parking lots on the North side of campus. The Roo Express runs from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to midnight on weekends. For Roo Express shuttle routes and schedules visit the website for the Roo Express.

Alternative Roo Express

In addition to the regular Roo Express routes being operated, Parking Services also offers an alternative shuttle service to students and employees with disabilities. While all students and employees will be able to ride the six regular Roo Express routes, those with disabilities can also request to schedule transportation to and from additional locations on a Roo Express shuttle. The Alternative Roo Express Shuttle is available by appointment only and during normal Roo Express hours. To schedule an alternative shuttle run, contact the Shuttle Dispatch Office at (330) 972-7722 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Wheelchair Information

Wheelchairs can be rented from:

Boardman Medical Supply Company   (800) 443-3390

Miller's Rentals                                 (800) 589-2630

Mobility Works of Akron                     (877) 275-4915

The University of Akron does not endorse the content, or any products or services available, from these companies.