Providing Learning Support for Students with Hidden Disabilities and Dyslexia Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities

How to Support Students with Other Hidden Disabilities

Some general support issues

Possible solutions to general support difficulties
Difficulties Solutions
1. Accommodation
  • Shared room
  • Lack of individual bathroom facilities
  • Communal eating arrangements
  • Dietary issues, allergies
  • Identify areas of difficulty prior to trip and secure alternative arrangements
  • Modifications (e.g. room-swaps) made to meet the needs of particular students.
2. Ergonomics
  • Fieldwork conditions may not be suitable for the comfortable use of computer-based learning or recording
  • Field centres may have very basic furniture - chairs, bench seating etc.
  • Peer 'buddy' to assist with recording or reading information
  • Non-medical helper paid for by DSA
  • Activities need to be broken up into smaller time frames
  • Student will require breaks
3. Need for personal helper (e.g. notetaker)
  • Early notification of duration and place of field trip
  • May be best to avoid appointing final year/post-graduate students because of time constraints of own workloads
  • Check with disability organisation or volunteer agencies (through University disability service or Skill) and/or in field work location for suitable helpers
  • May need to arrange accommodation for helper
4. Medication
  • Ask all students to complete medical questionnaire
  • Ensure student has adequate medical supplies
  • Identify system of securely storing medication

Page updated 14 December 2001

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