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.

Related Accommodations

  • Classroom and lab assistants
  • Accessible tables, chairs and rooms
  • Assistive technology
  • Notetaking
  • Flexible attendance
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Service animals

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.