Best Ways for Autistic College Students to Gain Classroom Accommodations

Best Ways for Autistic College Students to Gain Classroom Accommodations

August 16, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


Hi, I’m Julie. I’m a lecturer at a public
university and I’ve also taught at a community college. Professors are real
not so terrifying people who care about all of their students. Most of us will be
receptive to hearing about ways we can adjust our teaching to help you learn
best. Here are some ways that your teachers can adjust their instruction to
benefit not just you but all students. They can provide clarity on the syllabus,
give a schedule of all assignments, repeat instructions, provide progress
reports mid-semester, use unambiguous language, and emphasize
important lecture points. You might want to ask upfront what constitutes good
participation and how you can achieve that if it’s a part of your grade. And
lastly you can request that the teacher help promote an inclusive safe classroom
based on positive exchanges. You do have things to contribute and your teachers
should above all want to help you grow. Okay that was a lot but as a reminder we
have a sheet of pointers you can refer to when you talk to your teachers about
your accommodations. You can be brave and proactive about being an autism
educator. Thank you for watching and good luck talking to your teachers. Also, if
you find this video helpful, have related experiences, or have tried this advice
out please leave comments.