Points to Consider for our Disabled Students

 

Dear Instructors,

  • Adopt a zero discrimination policy for students, regardless of the disability group. Emotional attitudes, special treatment during exams, exempting them from certain academic studies or courses could be positive discrimination, which also should be avoided. The essential is to make sure you provide them equal services and means, and include them in education in equal conditions with other students.

  • Orientation is an option for recently enrolled disabled students in your faculty in order to present them the school and the means available in the school. You may present them the physical situation of and the means available in the school; its immediate surroundings, the curriculum, extracurricular activities and the school rules.

  • Pay attention to hold lectures on the ground floor where attendance by our physically handicapped students is expected.

  • Hand out lecture notes especially to hearing impaired students before lectures.

  • You may hand out lecture notes in CD to visually impaired students.

  • Let them use voice recorders.

  • Have visually impaired students seated in front lines in the class. The graphs used in the course, if any, should be prepared in relief and handed out to students. Try to use as concrete examples as possible while lecturing.

  • If there are Braille-users proceed slowly while lecturing.

  • If you use slides and if you have visually impaired students in your class, make sure you use big fonts, avoid manuscript and choose transverse colors for the background and the font.

  • If you have hearing impaired students, face the class while talking. While writing on the board, as you will not be able to face your students, avoid talking about another subject than the one you are writing on the board. Please note that the student will turn his/her eyes from your lips down to his/her notebook when he/she wants to take note about what you have been telling. By the time he/she restarts reading your lips, he/she would probably have missed a few sentences. For this reason, you must slow down; have your disabled students seated in front lines, and hand out the lecture notes before the course begins.

  • For our disabled interns, give information to their internship instructor about their disability.

  • Extend the exam period, if required, by taking into account the nature of disability of the student(s). Extension may be up to half the exam period.

  • You may hold computer-aided exams for students with hearing or visual impairments.

  • When needed, have some research assistants help you as readers. However, make sure those persons assigned for such works do not pretend an emotional attitude. The reader should be selected by the instructor and not the student.

  • Avoid any and all positive discrimination while evaluating the exam.

  • Make sure the disabled student(s) are informed of any eventual change in the time of courses or exam places. Send such information via e-mail or SMS.

  • Avoid using pronouns while lecturing for visually impaired students (i.e. this, that, as seen here, etc.)

For academic, social and psychological assistance to disabled students, contact the “Disabled Advisory Unit”, “Guidance and Psychological Assistance Unit” and “Student Affairs”.