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1. Assure that the physical facility of the lab is wheelchair accessible.

It is important to assess the wheelchair accessibility of the science lab. A student needs to access the physical facility, as well as the science lab materials and resources. Lab tables, sinks, and other workspaces should allow wheelchair access and proper workspace height. If the physical facility is not wheelchair accessible, you should contact the facilities management and disabled students services offices. A temporary solution will need to be negotiated with the student, facilities management, and disabled student services staff. Additional guidelines to enhance access to laboratory spaces and equipment include keeping the aisles wide and clear and storing materials and equipment within the reach of someone in a wheelchair.