When is a computer an accommodation?
Most adult courses support students in using technology such as computers and tablets as they are valuable learning tools in the classroom setting. While technology can assist all learners in the classroom, it may be essential for some students in order to participate in learning. In a classroom that bans or discourages use of computers, students may be given an accommodation allowing use of a tablet or computer in the classroom.
Why is a computer important?
Students may require a computer in order to
- Focus attention
- Read/refer to course material
- Organize thoughts, ideas, and information
- Hear or speak
- Write or take notes
- Monitor behavior or self-regulate emotions
Who might use computers?
It’s hard to think of a student who couldn’t benefit from use of a computer in the classroom. Students may be eligible for this accommodation if they have a disability that impacts their ability to see, hear, read, write, pay attention, or contribute to the learning. This may be a disability impacting sight, hearing, attention, memory, social interaction, stamina, or dexterity. Some examples of relevant disabilities include a hearing impairment, a visual impairment, a Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or a Mental Health Disability.
How do I support use of computers in my classroom?
The best way to support this accommodation is to invite, encourage, and support effective use of computers as a learning tool for all students in your classroom. Some instructors divide their classrooms into screen and non-screen space to provide options for both preferences.