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University Disability Support Services

Student Educational Opportunity

When you have a student in your class with a learning disability:

  • Be prepared for requests to provide a detailed course syllabus in advance. Some students with learning disabilities will begin preparing before the class begins;
  • Clearly spell out the expectations of the class (e.g. grading, material to be covered, and due dates);
  • Start each lecture with an outline of material to be covered during that period. At the conclusion of the class, briefly summarize the key points;
  • Face the class when speaking. Use gestures and natural expression to convey further meaning;
  • Use multi-sensory approaches to presenting information, e.g. give assignments both orally and in written form;
  • Anticipate that many students with learning disabilities will use tape recorded textbooks to supplement their visual reading (see section on working with students with visual impairments);
  • Anticipate the need for note-takers (see section on working with students with hearing impairments);
  • Provide recommended test accommodations. These may include extended time, a non-distracting test taking site, tape recorded test, opportunity to produce essay or short answer responses on a computer, oral responses, use of a calculator (non-programmable) and scratch paper, use of pocket spellers or dictionaries, etc. UDSS can prepare tests in alternative format and proctor exams;
  • Encourage students to use campus support services (e.g. Montgomery Technology Center, Writing Center, assistance in ordering taped textbooks, alternative testing arrangements, tutoring, study skills workshops, etc.).

 


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Disability Support Services

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3135, 1000 E. University Ave.

109 Knight Hall

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307 766-3073

TeleType: 307 766-3073

Fax: 307 766-3298

Email: udss@uwyo.edu

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