Accomodating students with disabilities
Because there are no outward signs of a disability such as a white cane or wheelchair, students with learning disabilities are often overlooked or misunderstood.
Some instructors and administrators suspect that students who claim to have learning disabilities are faking it, are playing the system, or lack the intelligence needed to succeed in college.
Proactively consider these strategies is part of a process called universal design (UD).
There are a number of things instructors can do while planning a course to make it more accessible to all students, including those with learning disabilities.
The diagnosis of a learning disability is often made by a psychologist trained in administering and interpreting psycho-educational assessments.