Mobility Impairments

Request and encourage student input on how to best accommodate the student's learning needs.

Assure that there is enough space between lab tables to allow for wheelchair access.

Support the student's use of a computer equipped with a special input device (e.g., voice input, Morse code, alternative keyboard) whenever appropriate. For more information, consult the video presentation and publication Working Together: Computers and People with Mobility Impairments or the AccessSTEM Knowledge Base.

Consider providing a note taker.

Consider the needs of students with disabilities during lab orientation and lab safety meetings.

Assign group activities in which all students take responsibility and contribute according to their abilities.

Use multiple formats—oral, written, visual, tactile, electronic—for instruction and demonstrations.

For general information about accommodations for students with disabilities in science classes, consult Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities and The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science.

For additional information, consult the AccessSTEM Knowledge Base.

Assure that classrooms and labs are in wheelchair-accessible locations.

Use an adjustable table, and locate lab equipment within reach.

Because this unit involves manipulation of small objects, make adjustments for a student with upper body mobility impairment or fine motor coordination issues; sometimes working with a partner is effective. Also, consult lab design recommendations for students with mobility impairments at AssisTech.