Restricted Mobility

Possible characteristics you might see the student display:

  • Looks of pain/discomfort while sitting or standing 
  • Trouble getting to class on time
  • Difficulty handling/moving objects, such as pencils, book pages, etc
  • Difficulty walking, sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Use of wheelchair, walker or crutches
  • Low stamina
  • Use of service animal or a personal assistant

Top 10 teaching strategies to consider:

  1. Don't assume a student wants your help. Ask.
  2. Make sure that the student is allowed adequate access into and about the classroom. Determine with the student the best seating location. (Contact Center for Accessibility Resources if modifications need to be made.) Additional space may be needed for a service animal or personal assistant.
  3. Think in advance about field trips. Make calls to ensure appropriate transportation and that the site is accessible. If a particular field trip is inaccessible or presents too big of a health risk for a student, offer an alternative activity which may offer the student some of the same learning as would have occurred on the field trip.
  4. Make sure all equipment in the classroom is within the student's access (Contact Center for Accessibility Resources for consultation if needed.)
  5. Allow student to tape-record the class lectures.
  6. Consider allowing student to make verbal presentations, instead of written reports.
  7. Provide materials in electronic format on your website.
  8. Allow students to make presentations from their seats instead of presenting in the front of the room.
  9. Be sure of the emergency route from your classroom. Talk with the student about the type of assistance s/he will want.
  10. Speak with a student at their eye level.

Check out these other resources:
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/

If you would like to read more about this topic see Disability Services: "Faculty Training Tips: Guidance for Teaching Students with Disabilities, Chapter 5, pages, 117-125.