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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 prepareing 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. DSS 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.).


Contact Us

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


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