Accomodating students with disabilities

Offices or lounges may suffice as long as they do not create distractions which may compromise its use as an environment for testing.

It may be beneficial to use the Events Management System (EMS).

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and are designed to address the individual needs/ functional limitations of the student.

Typically, accommodations provide allowances in terms of how students do their work; that is, in the duration, manner or condition.

However, for a particular student sitting for six hours may not be reasonable.

Similarly, finding a six hour slot may prove challenging for the faculty member.

While 50% extended time or “time and a half” has become a baseline standard, it is not an absolute standard.

Some students have been frustrated with teachers who did not take their needs seriously because their written work was so strong.

You can include a statement in your syllabus to signal that you acknowledge that there are students in your class who may have a disability and respect their right to privacy.

The syllabus statement should be an invitation to meet with you in a confidential environment, to review course requirements and to discuss their need for accommodations.

It would be appropriate to view the issues of how a student behaves and what accommodations you provide as separate. Some flexibility with deadlines may be appropriate and should be conditional, depending upon the nature of the particular assignment and the volume of work overall.

Yes, accommodations can be reviewed and changed, as appropriate.


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