In a speech class, how can I accommodate a student with a communication disorder?

DO-IT Factsheet #412

Communication disorders include the following:

A student with a communication disorder may be hesitant to participate in course activities that require speaking. However, the student may be able to complete a speech assignment with a variety of accommodations and some creativity on the part of the instructor and student. A student who cannot deliver a speech vocally might be able to use the following alternate methods:

Demonstrating an understanding of essential course elements using alternate methods may be an option for assessing a student's understanding of the course material. For example, a student could review a speech and analyze it with respect to public speaking principles taught in class.

Be sure to consult with the student regarding the best approach to take for meeting course requirements. You can also contact your school's support services for students with disabilities for guidance.