Sometimes a temporary disability with mobility impairment happens as a result of an accident and sometimes it is part of recovery from a planned surgery. It's important to understand what services may be available to you for transportation and what arrangement you might have to make.
The OCCT Lift bus is primarily for those with permanent disabilities and the number of students that can use this service is limited. The university is willing to provide the Lift Service for someone with a temporary disability that significantly restricts mobility on a space-available, short-term basis.
If you anticipate a temporary need for transportation assistance as a result of a planned surgery, please make arrangements in advance to learn about your options. The Services for Students with Disabilities office (SSD) can help you with this research. Then, ask your doctor to provide you with a description of your limitations and why transportation assistance is needed. The duration of your need should also be estimated. This information should be submitted to the SSD office, even before you return to school if possible. If no lift service is available, you will want time to make other arrangements.
Should you experience an accident that results in a sudden disability, the university will try, if space is available, to provide Lift Service for five class days. During that time, you will have a chance to become stronger and more familiar with assistive devices such as crutches. Please remember that you may be required to submit supporting medical documentation and an information release permitting SSD to consult with the University Health Services before Lift Service authorization is granted.
Ultimately it is the student's responsibility to make transportation arrangements when a temporary disability occurs. The university will provide you with information about options but cannot guarantee personalized lift services. Campus buses, however, are all lift-equipped and usually meet the needs of most students, both on and off campus.
For further information, please refer to the various pages within this site or contact:
Services for Students with Disabilities,
Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Phone: (607) 777-2686 (voice/TT) Fax: (607) 777-6893
Last Updated: 10/14/08