Temporary Disabilities/Pregnancy

Student Disability Services provides limited services for students with temporary disabilities (i.e. inability to write due to a broken bone or inability to sit comfortably in class because of a recent surgery, pregnancy, or any injury that is not permanent).

Types of Assistance:

This is determined on a case-by-case basis and is based on professional medical documentation provided by the student. The student should contact Student Disability Services as soon as possible to make the request and get their accommodations.

Services may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Extended time on testing
  • Note–taker
  • Tape–recording lectures
  • Alternative Seating
  • Adapted test–taking (reader, scribe, computer tests)
  • Leave of absence due to pregnancy or other medical conditions

The College DOES NOT provide personal assistance to students with temporary disabilities such as building-to-building transportation or the transport of books or other personal items.

The College has a right to request documentation of the temporary disability, and it is the student’s responsibility to work with his/her private physician prior to the provision of services. A Coordinator for Student Disability Services will respond to requests in a timely manner. Accommodations are not retroactive; therefore we encourage you to contact our office in a timely manner. After meeting with a disability coordinator we can help determine which accommodations are able to be met.

Non-Discrimination of Students on the Basis of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Related Conditions

The College of Western Idaho prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (“Title IX”). Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and related conditions—in educational programs and activities that are eligible for federal funding.

Students with disabilities or those who are pregnant are encouraged to contact the Student Disability Services office for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic accommodation. It is the procedure of the College of Western Idaho to provide flexible and individualized reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities or those who are pregnant. To receive accommodation services for your pregnancy, students must be in contact with the Coordinators for Student Disability Services.

A complication due to pregnancy may be a disability if the impairment is not a normal condition of pregnancy and a major life activity is affected. For example, a woman on bed rest under orders from her physician is disabled under the ADA.

The U.S. Department of Education regulations 34 C.F.R. Section 106.40(b) concerning pregnancy and related conditions states:

(b) Pregnancy and related conditions. (1) A recipient shall not discriminate against any student, or exclude any student from its education program or activity, including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of such student's pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom, unless the student requests voluntarily to participate in a separate portion of the program or activity of the recipient.

For more information regarding Title IX’s prohibition against discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions, you can access materials from the National Women’s Law Center at: www.nwlc.org/pregnantandparentingstudents