- Asking the student how you can be of support.
- Asking how the disability affects the student’s learning and participation in your class.
- Informing the student about services available through Disability Support Services, University Center, Suite 300.
- Asking for any support you need.
- Remember that records related to accommodations are protected by FERPA and should be treated with discretion.
Practices to Avoid
- Asking the student for the actual diagnostic label of their disability, if not noted on the Letter of Accommodation.
- Stating assumptions about the student based on the type of disability or your previous experience with other students.
- Commenting on the student’s disability or accommodation plans in front of others.
- Complaining to the student about providing accommodations.
- Challenging the student to explain the need for accommodations.
- Publicly “singling out” or identifying students with disabilities to the rest of your class, even to be helpful.
- Leaving a Letter of Accommodation in plain view of other students.
- Providing unnecessary information related to a student’s disability or accommodations.
Quick Guides for Working with Students with:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Hearing Disability
- Learning Disability
- Visual Impairment
- Do’s and Don’ts of Working With a Student with A Disability
- Ideas for Accommodating Individuals with ADD/ADHD
- Ideas for Accommodating Individuals with Learning Disabilities
- Teaching and Assessment Strategies for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Strategies for Inclusive Language
- Ways that Faculty Can Help Students with Disabilities
- When Faculty are TOO Accommodating
- Working Together: Faculty and Students with Disabilities
- Working with a Student Who Has Any Type of Disability
Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
Do-It Student Services Office
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