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Strategies for Accommodating Common Student Disabilities


Over 700 students with disabilities have been identified at USC. It is more than likely that you will have one or more of these students in your classes. If you do, you should receive a letter from the Office of Student Disability Services that outlines the basic accommodations for each student. The question is, how can you handle these accommodations? 

This workshop discusses strategies for accommodating several common student issues: test proctoring (extra time or quiet space), note takers or copies of notes and absences. The session helps you prepare to respond effectively to these types of requests from students who have registered with the Office of Student Disability Services. You’ll learn about the ways to work together to support students with disabilities in your class. 

About the Facilitator

Karen Pettus earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006. She has over 30 years of experience in education as a K-12 interpreter and teacher, and in higher education in counseling, career counseling and disability services in the 2 year college and 4 year university settings. Karen serves on several university and community advisory boards for individuals with disabilities and serves as a consultant for the South Carolina Department of Education. She also teaches courses in educational psychology and disability studies in the College of Education along with University 101 courses at Carolina. Additionally, Karen serves as the Co-Director of CarolinaLIFE, a program for students with intellectual disabilities on campus.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Disability Services and the Center for Teaching Excellence. 

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