In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) redefined what it means to be disabled.Today, more people are protected under the ADA and other Federal disability nondiscrimination laws.Real information is applied to imaginary people who represent their demographic.At Drexel, the use of student personas have allowed faculty to create courses with the special needs of the student body in mind.Educational institutions are federally required to make accommodations for these individuals.Here are some tips from the experts on how to do that effectively.Michel explains why developing student personas has been helpful for faculty to prepare for accommodation requests.
Identifying these students helps Penn State make sure they get the support they need.
Invisible disabilities can be even harder to detect in e Learning courses, where the need for extensions could be confused with laziness.
As such, Penn State encourages students to be proactive and disclose disability at the time of admission.
The World Campus achieved this with a few strategies.
First, faculty encouraged students to be open about their disabilities. About 21% of Penn State’s World Campus online students request extensions for mental health problems, as opposed to only 4% of brick-and-mortar class attendees.