Disability Training Encourages More Communication

Oct. 31, 2016

Disability Training Encourages More Communication

The Academics Resource Center (ARC) partnered with Paraquad on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to present a disability training titled, "After the Letter – Best Practices for Making Accommodations in the Classroom."

The small group of attendees allowed for relevant and useful conversation about supporting students with disabilities in Webster’s classrooms. The main message shared by Christy Herzing, Community Access Coordinator at Paraquad and training facilitator, was that disability support and accommodations must be individualized and based on interactive communication with the student. No one accommodation will look the same for each student, so conversations must occur between faculty members and students to identify what students need, how those needs will be met in each specific classroom, what deadlines (for an accommodation of extended time, for instance) and policies (for an accommodation of excused absences, for example) apply to each student, etc.

The key take-aways from the training are that accommodations require individualized attention and interactive, significant conversations. However, neither faculty members nor students are alone in this process.

Please contact Shelley Wolfmeyer, Academic ADA Coordinator, for assistance or more information. In Wolfmeyer’s absence, contact Erica Ellard, Director of the Academic Resource Center, or another member of the ARC team as appropriate.

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