In the context of inclusive teaching practices which enhance the learning of all students, it is useful to know more about the implications of specific impairments and health conditions in order to better meet the needs of students.
This section offers insight into the experience of living and studying with an impairment, defines the terms you may encounter and suggests specific strategies for accommodating needs.
Impairments result from injury, illness or genetic disorders - but remember, your focus is the implications of the impairment for learning, not the specifics of the impairment itself. Your job is to make reasonable adjustments to teaching and assessment practices in order to minimise the impact of the student's disability.
Although wheelchairs and guide dogs are familiar indicators of disability, people's disabilities are most often "hidden" or inconspicuous. Rather than make assumptions about the impact of a student's condition on their learning, ask them what assistance or accommodations they need. It is always the implications of impairment that are of concern to you, not the "diagnosis".