Chronic Health Disabilities

Welcome

Michigan State University provides services and accommodations to persons with chronic health disabilities for both academic and workplace settings. The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities fosters independence by helping students and employees harness appropriate strategies and resources for success. We look forward to maximizing your experience at MSU!

Many chronic health disabilities fluctuate in severity. This type of disability may impact one or more of the body's systems, including the respiratory, immunological, neurological and circulatory systems. Since a person's health condition may change, the nature of and need for reasonable accommodations may also change. 

Getting Started with RCPD (MyProfile)

Log on to the MyProfile page with your MSU NetID and password to register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. MyProfile provides online forms and initiates communication with a Disability Specialist.

Documentation

Documentation of a disability must appear on official letterhead from a licensed medical or diagnostic professional and include a diagnosis, scope or degree of involvement, and summary of related functional limitations. RCPD provides a downloadable Chronic Health Documentation that may be used by medical providers to document conditions.

After documentation of a disability has been provided and a needs assessment is completed, reasonable accommodations are determined. RCPD will provide a verification letter that includes: (a) verification of disability and status as a student or employee registered with the RCPD (b) an outline of reasonable accommodations.

Students will receive a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations letter, otherwise known as a VISA.

Employees will receive a Statement of Employee Accommodation Determination letter, otherwise known as a SEAD.

Confidentiality

RCPD adheres to strict standards of confidentiality in the management of student information. Since RCPD is the only holder of disability documentation, all disability-related documentation should be directed to RCPD (not other campus departments).

Accommodations

RCPD recognizes that accommodations may be required in order to assist individuals in maximizing their educational and workplace experience at MSU. While the university is required to provide reasonable accommodations, it is not required to change essential academic requirements or job functions.

Before Requesting Accommodations, students and employees must Identify and Register as a person with a disability and provide appropriate documentation of their disability to RCPD. Employees should refer to the Reasonable Accommodations Policy for University Applicants and Employees, for the procedure on requesting worksite accommodations.

Students and employees with a chronic health disability may be eligible to receive the following accommodations facilitated by RCPD:

RCPD Specialists are committed to an active partnership with students and employees who make reasonable accommodation requests through our office. In the case you experience a disagreement regarding disability determination or appropriateness of accommodations, you may consider taking the steps outlined in our dispute resolution process.

Resources

Building Community

MSU provides many venues for collaboration and community building on disability issues. Please consider becoming involved in organizations including:

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions that have not been answered on this page, please refer to the FAQ Page.

Chronic Health Disabilities in the News:

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MSU Awarded for Food Allergy Program

Preparing for college can be stressful for students with dietary restrictions. Whether they have a gluten intolerance or Crohn’s Disease, navigating around a university’s meal plan has proven to be challenging. RCPD and Culinary Services are here to help!
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RCPD Student Shares His Experience with Invisible Illness

Michael receives accommodations from RCPD, and made a short film highlighting his experience with an invisible illness. Click the link in this post to watch the video!
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Rivalry Week: A Unique Partnership for a Vital Cause

Alex Powell never imagined calling on the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities or needing to rely on U-M medical services, but a serious cancer diagnosis changed that and ultimately launched an unlikely partnership.
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