Chronic health

Chronic health impairments include medical conditions that significantly limit a student's ability to function in an educational environment.


A diagnosis of a medical condition alone is not sufficient. In addition to the General Disability Documentation Guidelines, documentation for students requesting accommodations on the basis of chronic health-related disabilities needs to include:

  1. An identification of the disabling condition(s).
  2. An assessment of the functionally limiting manifestations of the condition(s) for which accommodations are being requested.
  3. Degree and range of functioning for a chronic or progressive condition.
  4. Prescribed medications, dosages and schedules which may influence the types of accommodations provided, including any possible side effects.
  5. Suggestions as to how the functionally limiting manifestations of the disabling condition(s) may be accommodated.

Types of Diagnosis

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cancer 
  • Kidney disease 
  • Asthma 
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis 
  • Allergies
  • Fibromyalgia

Qualifying professional

  • Physician 
  • Medical specialist 
  • Accommodations 

Will depend significantly on the condition being accommodated. Common characteristics include fatigue, chronic pain, restrictions on types of environments the student can work in.

  • Part-time program of studies 
  • Extended time for coursework 
  • Mobility in classroom 
  • Taped text 
  • Entry/exit from classroom as needed 
  • Proximity to washroom
  • Refreshments/food in classroom
  • Preferential seating in classroom
  • Extended exam time 
  • Taping lectures 
  • Access to private room for medications/illness 
  • Assistive technology