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Physical Impairments and Accommodation in Adult Education

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Adult students with physical disabilities seeking adult education may require accommodations and adaptations to fully benefit from instruction. Mobility impairments can be caused by a wide range of common illnesses, and accidents, such as arthritis, stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, among others. There are many technological advances that can assist students in learning, such as computer-assisted instruction and assistive devices that can provide access to learning materials. Certain physical modifications may need to be done to make the building and classrooms accessible to students with various mobility needs.

Agencies are responsible under the Adults with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodations and modifications to enable these individuals with physical disabilities to become effective learners and to have access to the best education services.

Research and Evaluation

  • The Access Board's Research. The Board sponsors and coordinates research for use in developing accessibility guidelines and providing technical assistance to the public. Research focuses on the study of accessibility relating to architecture and design, communication, and transportation.

Noteworthy Practices

  • Accommodating Students with Mobility Impairments. Information from Disability Support Services at the University of Baltimore.

  • Alliance for Technology Access provides information and support services to adults and children with disabilities to increase their use of standard, assisstive and information technologies. The interactive information service helps to rapidly locate information on assistive technology.

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Last Modified: 10/16/2007