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the initial class meeting. At the beginning of the semester,
professors need to ensure that a student has an appropriate
space for sitting, necessary communication access with an
interpreter or captionist, and access to course materials used
during the first class meeting.
Some students choose not to inform instructors in advance.
They may be undecided about enrolling in the course or
prefer to discuss their needs with their instructors in person.
When students make this decision, they often face the
consequence of delayed implementation of
accommodations, because both student services staff and
the professor will need time to meet accommodation
requests.
Because many of the life problems of students with physical
disabilities are not related to their academic lives, some will
worry that explanations of personal problems will be
perceived by the professor as making excuses. By
acknowledging that there are many factors a student may
deal with beyond the classroom and how tough our campus
can be for someone with a physical disability, you open the
door to a helpful conversation.
Students with disabilities are also preparing for the future.
They are bright and highly motivated, yet anxious that the
workplace will not be accommodating. They fully realize the
difficulty of gaining employment with a disability. Your
mentoring and connections to opportunities for research,
internships and employment will be an essential key to their