These techniques benefit all students, especially students with disabilities:
- Select course materials early so that students and SDS have enough time to convert to accessible formats (e.g., audio, large print) as needed.
- Make course materials (e.g., syllabus, handouts, assignment sheets) available in electronic format.
- Write lecture outlines on the board or incorporate into a PowerPoint presentation.
- Write key phrases, technical vocabulary, formulas, etc., on the board or provide as a handout.
- Do not speak when you have your back turned to the class.
- Repeat or rephrase questions or comments from the class before responding.
- Ensure exams test the essential skills or knowledge needed for the course.
- Provide accommodated testing, as appropriate. Some students may require extended time or assistance on exams. Contact SDS regarding options for accommodated testing.
- Consider alternative assessment methods (e.g., portfolio, multimedia presentation).
- Provide a lab orientation, take a tour of the lab, and discuss safety concerns.
- Provide oral and written lab instructions.
- Arrange lab equipment so that it is easily accessible.
- Assign group lab projects in which all students contribute according to their abilities.
- Provide adaptive lab equipment.