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. This PDF outlines general tips for working with students who experience 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. This PDF outlines general tips for working with students who experience learning disabilities.

Mobility and Physical

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

Autism and Asperger’s

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

Vision Impairment

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

Hearing Impairment

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

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: Design Thinking 

Ted Talk: How Technology Allowed me to Read

Ted Talk: Deaf in the Military

Ted Talk: Public Speaking

CAR Presentation: Invisible Disabilities in the Classroom


Related Pages:

Student Accommodations 
Universal Design 

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