Wayne State College

Disability Services

Types of Disabilities


What is a disability?

According to state and federal legislation, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. These activities include the ability to write, learn, read, think, memorize, hear, see, talk, or walk. While some disabilities are apparent or “visible,” most of the students who receive services from Disability Services have hidden or “invisible” disabilities.

Examples of disabilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Acquired Brain Injury 
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 
  • Blind or Visual Impairment 
  • Deaf or Hearing Impairment 
  • Intellectual Disability 
  • Mobility Impairments 
  • Psychiatric Disability 
  • Specific Learning Disabilities 
  • Speech or Language Impairment 
  • Systemic Disability 

Disability Services provides short-term accommodations for students experiencing temporary conditions. Temporary conditions are injuries or conditions of short duration with little to no long term or permanent impact. Temporary conditions may arise from an extended illness, surgery, broken limbs, sprained joints, concussions, etc.

If you are experiencing a temporary condition and need short-term accommodations, please complete the Temporary Conditions Form (fillable PDF) and return it to Disability Services.