Accommodations for Students Who Are Hard of Hearing, Deaf, or Who Have APD

  • Sound amplification systems.


  • Notetakers.


  • Real-time captioning.


  • Electronic mail for class discussions.


  • Visual warning systems for lab emergencies.


  • Changing computer auditory signals to flashes or contrast changes.


  • When I speak, make sure the student can see my face and avoid unnecessary pacing and moving.


  • When I speak, avoid obscuring my lips or face with hands, books, etc.


  • I repeat discussion questions and statements made by other students.


  • I write discussion questions/answers on the board or overhead projector.


  • I speak clearly and at a normal rate.


  • I use visual aids with few words and large images and fonts.


  • Allow for preferential seating.


  • Eliminate unnecessary background noise


  • AT-216 Digitally Synthesized Wireless Auditory Assistance Kit. The AT-216 system functions as a remote microphone for the user, overcoming the greatest listening challenges for those with impaired hearing: high levels of background noise, reverberation effects, and distance between the speaker and listener.



Accommodations for Students Who Are visially impared or blind

  • Students with visual disabilities may need preferential seating. My student should be seated near the front of the class to hear clearly what is being presented and to see as much as possible.


  • I provide textbooks from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic


  • When I use an overhead projector with transparencies, use a large print-size: at least 18 points. This provides additional time for students with visual disabilities to copy the material on the transparencies, or provide them with printed copies.


  • Whenever possible, modify I the presentation of material to make it accessible.


  • I Allow the student to audiotape lectures or use a notetaker.


  • I pace the presentation of material; if referring to a textbook or handout, allow time for students with visual disabilities to find the information


  • I read aloud everything that you write on the chalkboard. I verbally describe objects and processes whenever possible.


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