Disabled Students Programs & Services at College of San Mateo - Faculty Resource Guide
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Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

Faculty Resource Guide

Classroom Strategies

Below are examples of teaching techniques in the classroom, laboratory, examinations and field work that benefit all students, but are especially useful for students who have disabilities.


  • Select course materials early so that students have time to obtain them in alternate formats (electronic text, audio)
  • Make syllabi, short assignment sheets, and reading lists available in electronic format (e.g., disk, electronic mail, WWW). Contact the Assistive Technology Center for assistance.
  • Face the class when speaking. Repeat discussion questions.
  • Write key phrases and lecture outlines on the blackboard or overhead projector.
  • When available, provide students with lecture notes or PowerPoint presentation handouts.


  • Take the students on a tour of the lab he/she will be working in. Discuss safety concerns.
  • Assign group lab projects in which all students contribute according to their abilities.
  • Arrange lab equipment so that it is easily accessible.
  • Give oral and written lab instructions.

Examination and Fieldwork

  • Assure that exams test the essential skills or knowledge needed for the course or field of study.
  • Some students will require extra time to transcribe or process test questions; follow campus policies regarding extra time on examinations.
  • Consider allowing students to turn in exams via electronic mail.

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