You can help students with mobility and dexterity issues by ensuring that facilities, activities, materials and equipment are accessible to and usable by all students — and that safety issues are taken into consideration.
Suggested instructional strategies
Use classrooms, labs and fieldwork sites that are accessible to students with a wide range of physical abilities.
Assign partners for lab work. Students with hand and arm dexterity problems can have lab partners perform physical parts of the assignment at their direction.
Arrange for adequate time for completion of class assignments.
Allow adequate time for testing.
Be realistic in seeking solutions when a student is late to class, and discuss chronic tardiness with the student.
Allow for adequate break time during long classes so students can attend to physical needs such as stretching, medication and restroom use.
Arrange seating to give each student a clear line of sight to the instructor and visual aids while allowing room for wheelchairs, assistants and assistive technology. Make the environment as inclusive as possible.
Make sure everyone can use equipment and materials, and provide alternative options when necessary. Offer straightforward oral and printed directions for equipment operation and use.
Develop safety procedures for all students, and consider the impact of disabilities on emergency procedures.
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