In this section of our website you will find information on how you can best accommodate students with disabilities that may be in your classroom. As always, if you have any questions, please contact us! We are happy to provide more information.
General Suggestions for Teaching Students with Disabilities
Get more disability information by reading through the materials below. Since students are usually the experts on their own disabilities, ask them if you need more information about how they learn best. You can also contact Wendi Chaka or Nicole Sherman at the Center.
Make your course "disability-friendly." It is helpful to announce at the beginning of the semester, "Students who have Letters of Accommodations from the Center for Access and Success, please see me during my office hours." You should put a few paragraphs into your course syllabus welcoming students with disabilities and inviting them to visit you for a discussion of their disability-related academic needs. These paragraphs might read as follows:
If you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please meet with the instructor at the beginning of the semester and provide the appropriate paperwork from the Center for Access and Success. The necessary paperwork is obtained when you bring proper documentation to the Center for Access and Success., which is located on the first floor in Pine Dale Hall, 7136, phone: 508-999-8711.
If you need disability-related accommodations in this class, if you have emergency medical information you wish to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform me immediately. Please see me privately after class or at my office.
Facts on Students With Disabilities
Source: Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company. Disability Compliance for Higher Education. (2012). Vol 17(10).
If you are not educated on disabilities, you may feel uncomfortable when attempting to communicate with a student with a disability. To help all your students feel at ease and respected, it is important to be well-informed on various disabilities and how to effectively communicate with those individuals. Despite the fact that there are no concrete rules or requirements for communicating with individuals with disabilities, there are some tips that will be helpful when attempting to effectively communicate with individuals with disabilities.
General Communication Tips
Students with Visual Limitations
Students who are Hard-of-Hearing / Deaf
Students with Learning Disabilities
Students with Mobility Limitations
Students with Speech Impairments
Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
Resources for Educators
How to teach students with...
|Learning Disabilities||Blind and Low Vision|
|Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)||Deaf and Hard of Hearing|
|Autism and Aspergers||Mobility Restrictions|
|Psychological Disorders||Chronic Illness or Pain|
*Much of the information the UC Berkeley site is replicated on this site for easier access.
This is a free, self-guided training module available online at the HEATH Resource Center from George Washington University. For the whole module, please click here.
Students with Disabilities in the College Classroom: What College Faculty Need to Know?
MODULE GOAL(S): To assist postsecondary administrators and faculty in understanding the characteristics of students with disabilities and strategies for communicating and building positive relationships. The module is to help faculty and staff understand and help the students determine and use, supports or accommodations to participate in the course.