Mnemonics for All: A Case Study on Tutoring Centers and a Student with a Learning Disability


My name is Jen. I am a freshman majoring in Fashion Merchandising and enrolled in a Retailing I course. I have Dyslexia and a visual-processing problem.

Access Issue

In order to pass my midterm exam, I needed a way to memorize information about fashion designers and the materials with which they work.

How can student services offices make campus events accessible to participants with disabilities?

Student services organizations often host presentations, career fairs/exhibits, and interviews between students and employers. These activities should be designed so that they are accessible to all students, including students with disabilities. Provide them in a wheelchair-accessible location with accessible restrooms nearby.

Must postsecondary institutions provide accommodations for prospective student visitors or their family members?

Yes, it is the responsibility of the postsecondary institution to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that a campus program or event is accessible to a participant with a disability. For example, prospective students and their family members who are visiting the campus for a college preview day have the right to reasonable disability-related accommodations.

How do I respond to a library patron who asks for Braille copies of reference materials?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that you respond reasonably to disability-related requests. Although you should provide access to the content the patron requests (in this case Braille), it may be acceptable to provide the materials in a comparable format, such as in audiotaped or electronic formats. Discuss options with the patron.

What statement can I put on my syllabus for students with disabilities?

It is helpful to include a statement on the class syllabus inviting students who have disabilities to discuss academic needs. An example of such a statement is "If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible."

For more information, consult Working Together: Faculty and Students with Disabilities.

What challenges do students with disabilities face as they transition from two-year to four-year colleges?

Students with disabilities report special challenges in making a successful transition from two- to four-year schools. One hundred nineteen students with disabilities from nineteen two-year colleges in Washington participated in a survey conducted by DO-IT. Their top concerns about transferring to a four-year institution were in the following categories: