Group Work and Discussions

Some students with disabilities face challenges participating in group discussions and other interactive activities. Specific needs vary greatly. However, there are general teaching strategies for group discussions that benefit all students, including those with disabilities. These strategies include:

Distance Learning

One of the most common arguments in favor of distance learning is to increase access to more students. However, these "access" arguments usually focus on people separated by distance and time; they do not always include consideration of students with disabilities.

Computer Labs

Simply put: Computer labs need to be accessible to all users. Students with disabilities need equal access to the lab’s building/facilities, lab staff, physical space and printed materials, computers and software, and electronic resources.

Accommodations by Activity Type

For students with disabilities, participating in academic activities may be challenging. Some students may need multiple accommodations to meet requirements in various lecture, lab, and discussion activities. Flexibility and effective communication between students, parents, support staff, and instructors are the keys to implementing successful accommodations.

Accommodations by Disability Type

Most teachers are responsive to the pedagogical needs of all students. However, some students with disabilities have unique educational challenges. Although teachers may receive direction regarding academic adjustments and accommodations through Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Section 504 plans for specific students, it is good to be thinking about the broad range of abilities, disabilities, and other characteristics of potential students as you design your curriculum.


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