Working with Students
Starting the Conversation
The best way to understand an individual's needs is to engage in a private conversation with them. Some questions you might ask include:
- What barriers do you experience in a classroom?
- What are the accommodations that help you access the content, the class, the environment?
- How can we create an accessible experience for these elements of the class? (addressing the different types of experiences in your class- groups, presentations, tests/quizzes, papers, etc.)
If you would like verification that a student has a disability, ask the student to provide you with a letter from the Disability Services Office (DSO). The DSO produces these letters only for students who are registered with the office and for whom documentation of the disability is on file. The DSO can send you this letter directly.
Guidelines for Working with Students who have Disabilities
Below are some general guidelines, according to disability, that should provide some options and resources for working with students with disabilities.
For information on Service Animals, we recommend that you take a look at these frequently asked questions and answers from the ADA: