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Tips for Teaching Students with Disabilities

As you develop and modify your teaching techniques and styles, keep in mind the diversity of students who may be in each of your classes, including students with disabilities. Try to be flexible, and creative when presenting new concepts and materials.  To learn more about teaching students with visual, hearing, learning, or physical disabilities, click on the links below.

Visual Impairment - Hearing Impairment - Learning Disability - Physical Disability

There are many other types of disabilities represented at UW including respiratory disorders, psychological impairments, chemical sensitivities, head injuries, heart conditions, multiple sclerosis, asthma, diabetes, etc. In some cases, the degree of impairment may vary from one day to the next because of the nature of the condition, medication received, or therapy. Some conditions are progressive and result in ever-changing consequences for the student. Some students may be absent from class as a direct result of their disabilities, and they may require flexibility in attendance policies (which should be arranged and documented in advance). Others will need no modifications at all.

Below are some suggestions to consider when teaching a class that includes a student(s) with a disability -- you may find these suggestions will be helpful for teaching any student!

1.  Encourage students with disabilities to make an appointment during office hours to discuss their disability. Ask the student how you, as an instructor, can assist in facilitating learning of the course material.

2.  Consider adding a statement to your course syllabi that encourages students with disabilities to identify themselves to you early in the semester so that you can assist with arranging appropriate accommodations.

Example: "If you have a physical, learning, sensory or psychological disability and require accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible. You will need to register with, and possibly provide documentation of your disability to University Disability Support Services (UDSS) in SEO, room 109 Knight Hall. You may also contact UDSS at (307) 766-6189 or Visit their website for more information:"

3.  When a student self-identifies, you may ask for verification of the disability and confirmation that the requested accommodations are appropriate. University Disability Support Services is responsible for verifying each student's eligibility for accommodations and determining what accommodations are appropriate. Assist students who have not made contact with the UDSS office to do so; this will help facilitate the accommodations requested by the student.

Feel free to call on UDSS staff (766-6189) when you have questions or need assistance to ensure that the students with disabilities in your class have an equal opportunity to learn and to demonstrate what they have learned. 

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