Some Tips on Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Avoid drawing any kind of assumption regarding the capabilities or disabilities of an individual. There are many individuals with disabilities who voice their frustration with people in the assumption of what they may or may not be able to do.

While persons with disabilities might have specific needs, no two individuals are same in this regard. Teachers can also join teacher professional development workshop by visiting

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Prior to the start of the course

  • Make an early choice of your course materials. This way, you will be able to give yourself sufficient time for converting the documents into alternative formats or to allow the students to request a format that they prefer
  • If possible, provide accessible electronic versions of course readings. This way the students can convert reading into their preferred format, whether through the use of a screen reader, an enlarger or some other means of technology. Be as precise as possible as far as the use of pages and texts is concerned
  • If possible, provide advanced course notes, PowerPoint presentations, copies of overhead slides or other materials

Suggestions for one-on-one interactions with students having learning disabilities

  • Patience, respect, and the willingness to find a means of communication
  • Speaking normally, directly, and clearly to the person in front of you
  • For some people with learning disabilities, it could take longer to understand and respond so patience is very important
  • Listening carefully and working with the individual for providing information in a manner that is best suited to his or her needs


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