Strategies for Working with Students with Disabilities

Working with Specific Disability Types

Needs of students can vary depending on the type of disability with which they have been diagnosed. This page outlines tips and tricks for working with specific types of disabilities.

On this Page:

Mental Health

Students with mental health disabilities many need varying levels of support in the classroom. The PDF below outlines general tips for working with students who experience mental health disabilities:

PDF: CAR Students with Mental Health Disabilities

Learning Disabilities

Many students with learning disabilities find it challenging to acquire course knowledge and skills in the same way as their peers. The PDF below outlines general tips for working with students who experience learning disabilities.

PDF: CAR Students with Learning Disabilities

Mobility and Physical

Access can be one of the major concerns for students with mobility and physical impairments. The PDF below outlines general tips for working with students who may have mobility or physical limitations.

PDF: CAR Students with Mobility Impairments

Autism and Asperger’s

Faculty members may encounter students who appear to have characteristics or behaviors related to autism or Asperger’s syndrome. The PDF below outlines some common behaviors, as well as strategies for instructors that may be useful in the classroom.

PDF: CAR Autism or Asperger's Syndrome Students

Vision Impairment

Students with visual impairments may experience unique challenges in the classroom. The PDF below has tips for working with a student with visual impairments, so they can have full access to the classroom.

PDF: CAR Students with Vision Loss

Hearing Impairment

Students with hearing impairments may experience unique challenges in the classroom. The PDF below has tips for working with a student with a hearing impairment, so they can have full access to the classroom.

PDF: CAR Students with Hearing Impairments

Seizure Disorder

Faculty and staff may wonder what their role is when students or other staff/faculty have an observable seizure. The PDF below lists the steps that faculty should take:

PDF: CAR Students/Faculty with a Seizure Disorder

FAQ:

  • Who is responsible for making my classroom accessible to all students?
    • CAR and faculty work closely together to ensure that courses are accessible to students. Universal Design offers some great strategies to ensure that classrooms are accessible to many different kinds of students. Updated link.
  • Who can I ask if I have questions about working with an individual student?
    • Any CAR staff member is happy to answer your questions, or direct you to someone who can. You are always free to contact us via phone at (541) 463-5150 or by email at AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu.

Outside Resources:

Ted Talk Video: Design Thinking webpage

Ted Talk Video: How Technology Allowed me to Read webpage

Ted Talk Video: Deaf in the Military webpage

Ted Talk Video: Public Speaking webpage

PDF: CAR Presentation: Invisible Disabilities in the Classroom


Related Pages:

Student Accommodations Page
Universal Design Page 

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