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For accomodating students

These are the people who are happy being given spoken instructions over the telephone, and can remember all the words to songs that they hear!

Rather, accommodations are intended level the playing field for students with disabilities by removing barriers to learning or to demonstrating what a student has learned. It is prohibited for faculty to ask what the student’s disability is.

Likewise, faculty may not ask students to provide a copy of their disability documentation.

If reduced-distraction test location is needed, will you use a nearby empty classroom, a quiet office, or send the student to Access Ability Services? Once you and the student have agreed to logistics, write them down on the enclosed receipt.

Keep the accommodation letter and receipt in a secure location for your own records.

Someone with a Visual learning style has a preference for seen or observed things, including pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, displays, handouts, films, flip-chart, etc.

Post your office hours and contact information for tutors in your department. If a student requires course material in alternate accessible format, remember that you are required to provide this at the same time that you provide your course material to students without disabilities. Contact your RIS liaison for assistance in locating accessible materials or Access Ability Services with any questions about accessible course materials. Contact Access Ability Services at 413-538-2634 or [email protected] suggestions, support, assistance with accommodations, and strategies for making your course accessible.

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Below we have the three major learning styles and ways in which you can accommodate them.Encourage students with accommodation letters to meet with you privately to discuss their needs.Appreciate that for many students, this can be intimidating.These are the people who will work from lists and written directions and instructions.Someone with an Auditory learning style has a preference for the transfer of information through listening: to the spoken word, of self or others, of sounds and noises.These people will use phrases such as ‘tell me’, ‘let’s talk it over’ and will be best able to perform a new task after listening to instructions from an expert.