Manual Disabilities

Students with manual disabilities have limited hand function due to conditions such as arthritis, amputation, repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel, serious injury, or broken bones. These students require assistance with many aspects of student life. They may have difficulty with routine tasks, including taking notes, performing experiments, and taking exams, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. Suggestions for accommodations may be found in the "General Procedures" section. The following are additional guidelines for accommodations and considerations that would be helpful to students with hand function limitations in their academic pursuits.

  • Instructors should be aware of classroom accessibility. Often levered door handles or other adaptations are necessary.
  • When using an overhead projector or writing on the blackboard, consider making those materials available as a class handout.
  • Students should be permitted to complete any in-class written assignments outside of class with the use of a scribe, or other appropriate aid, if necessary. An unplanned written exercise, such as filling out forms during class, may require student or faculty assistance.