Methods of Class Participation

During your initial meeting, ask students with disabilities what you can do to help them participate in class. Students who cannot raise their hands to answer or ask questions, for example, may feel isolated or ignored. Ask them how they wish to be recognized in the classroom. Some students will want you to call on them. Others may prefer to meet periodically with you before or after class to discuss the course content.

Consider alternatives to oral presentations, if needed. Oral presentations may be difficult for students with speech, hearing and/or specific learning disabilities. Some students may want to give their presentations with the help of interpreters. Others may want to write out their presentations and ask an interpreter or another student to read it to the class. Still others may wish to give their presentations without assistance and should be encouraged to do so. You can request an outline as a record of the organization of concepts.