What are examples of science lab accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing?

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Since each student's accommodation needs are unique and the student is often most knowledgeable about effective accommodations, be sure to talk with the student about what accommodations he/she might need.

Some specific accommodations that might be useful to a student who is deaf or hard of hearing in a science lab include the following:

  • Provide a lab partner.
  • Allow extra time for set up and completion of lab work.
  • Give preferential seating to avoid physical barriers and assure visual access to the instructor, demonstrations, and captioned videos.
  • Provide written instructions prior to lab activities.
  • Have visual lab warning signals (such as strobe fire alarms) installed.

This list is from the DO-IT publication Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities.

For more examples of accommodations that can be made in science labs consult the DO-IT Knowledge Base article What are examples of accommodations in science laboratories?

Last update or review: May 14, 2014