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Climate Sensitivity (1C)

Climate sensitivity is the vulnerability of students to weather conditions. Weather conditions can affect a person's wellbeing and may worsen the symptoms of existing disorders or pose a danger to some students.

Students with climate sensitivity might have adverse reactions (e.g. arthritic pain) to changes in weather elements such as air pressure, temperature, or humidity; climate sensitivity also includes students whose disability makes it unsafe for them to spend extended time in extreme temperatures.

Some students may not feel the warning symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia; students with conditions that inhibit their body's ability to regulate temperature; or students whose conditions may worsen in extreme heat or cold (e.g. multiple sclerosis, breathing disorders).

Formal Diagnostics

A physician's diagnosis of a medical condition that is linked to climate sensitivity would be appropriate documentation.

Intake Questions

  • What kind of weather conditions impact you?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?

Resources

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