Peter Zavon, CIH
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Kennedy, Sheila
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2012 1:40 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Student with disability: what we need to know
Several posters have now commented about the need to understand the nature of the illness that requires oxygen.
After working with our campus Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD) through a number of (highly varied) accommodations, we’ve learned a few things:
1. We really don’t need to know about the student’s medical condition; we need to know about what functional limitations the student has. This may seem like a fine distinction, but I really don’t need to know (and do not ask) about the reason a student has a hand tremor/limited vision/inability to stand for long periods/need for supplemental oxygen.
2. What I really need to know is the functional limit of what the student can/cannot do within the normal lab environment & whether the difficult elements of the environment are essential to the lab experience & the skills we want the student to learn.
· If the lab skills can be taught with different tools, adapted tools, different furniture, more space for some students, etc., then we need to supply those things if we reasonably can.
· If changing the situation changes what we’re teaching, or short-circuits the student’s learning in any way, we’re going down the wrong road.[snip]
Sheila Kennedy, CHO
Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories
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