Health Impairments

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

Provide a mechanism for students to learn material and make up assignments that they missed because of absences.

Provide flexibility in scheduling and attendance.

Talk with the student and family about any impacts of class activities on the student. Let the student know well ahead of time of classroom activities that may present a problem.

For additional information, see Disability-Related Resources on the Internet: Health Impairments.

Provide class assignments ahead of time in electronic format. Avoid last-minute additions to assignments.

Use email to facilitate communication and class discussion.

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.