Persons who are manually impaired have limited or no use of their hands. A growing number of these students require specific assistance with note-taking and written work, including examinations. Tape recorders, laptops, and note-takers may be utilized. Consider the substitution of oral presentations for some written requirements. Examination arrangements will be determined by the Disability Service Coordinator. Scribes may be required to write (in blue books or a word processor) an examination for a student when the subject matter involves specialized vocabulary and/or scientific or mathematical notation. For students with newly-diagnosed manual disabilities, it is reasonable to expect a transition period during which dictation skills and other adaptations must be learned. Additional considerations designed to increase accessibility for students with manual impairments include:
Be conscious of classroom accessibility. Often levered door handles or other adaptations are necessary.
An unplanned written exercise, such as filling out section forms, may require student or faculty assistance.
When using overhead projectors or the blackboard, make material available in handout format as well.
Handouts of faculty notes can assist students who review their lecture cassettes.
Help students to identify note-takers to share notes upon request during the first class session or when the need is apparent.
Be understanding when technologies upon which students depend upon break down causing an interruption in course work.