Disability Information, Classroom Tips & Accommodations
Physical and Mobility Disability Classroom TipsIt is difficult to make generalizations about the classroom needs of students with mobility and manual disabilities, because some students may be able to stand for short periods of time while others may not be able to stand at all. Some have full use of their hands and arms, while others have minimal or no use of them. There are some general considerations that will apply to most of the students with these impairments.
- Students may be a few minutes late for class if breaks between their classes are short (10 minutes or less).
- The student is the best source of information concerning their needs.
- Most students who use wheelchairs will ask for assistance if they need it. It's appropriate to offer if you wish.
- Ample space is needed in the classroom to allow a student to turn a wheelchair.
- Classes taught in laboratory settings usually require some modification of the work station.
- Patience and a supportive attitude will help students gain confidence in the correct handling and control of tools and equipment.
- If field trips are part of the class, the student may be a helpful resource in the selection of sites and modes of transportation.
- If your classroom is on the ground floor, most non-ambulatory students will be able to exit safely without assistance in case of an emergency.
- Some people have minimal ability to move and lifting them may be dangerous to their well-being. Non-ambulatory person's needs and preferences will vary. Always consult the person when in doubt.
- Remember - under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the instructor is responsible or must assign another student to assist the student with a disability in evacuating the building in an emergency.
For additional information please contact Andy Gaines, Counselor/Coordinator of Student Accommodations at 217-234-5259/ email@example.com or Meghan McGreevy- Graduate Assistant at 217-234-5062/ firstname.lastname@example.org