Teaching Tips - Mobility Impairments

  • Make sure your classroom and the path to it is accessible. If not, work with your administrators  to ensure accessibility.
  • Think in advance about field trips. Make the calls necessary to ensure that the site is accessible. Assess the purpose of the trip and ask yourself: How can I maximize this experience for all students?
  • Make sure all equipment in the classroom is within the student's reach.
  • Allow students to tape-record the class.
  • Consider allowing students to do verbal reports, instead of written ones.
  • Provide course materials in electronic format.
  • Sit down if you plan on speaking with a student in a wheelchair for more than a couple of minutes.
  • Allow the use of adaptive technology for tests and classroom work.
  • If the student is often late to class, discuss the situation with him and work with him and/or your disability service officer to find a solution.
  • Allow students to make class presentations from their seats instead of coming to the front of the room.
  • Work with the proper campus officials and students to develop an escape plan in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure your classroom has additional space for a personal caretaker, if one is used.


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