P904: Reasonable accommodation for laboratory students with disabilities: Case studies from UCSD

Author: Sheila Kennedy, University of California, San Diego, USA

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Date: 8/6/14

Time: 3:05 PM3:25 PM

Room: MAK A1161

Related Symposium: S66

Federal law requires reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities enrolled in programs receiving federal funds. Adaptive tools can help students with disabilities to participate fully in undergraduate chemistry laboratory classes. An assessment of what is ‘reasonable’ in a laboratory class involves multiple inputs and adherence to basic principles to maintain both the integrity of the curriculum and safe working conditions for all. Case studies include use of adaptive and alternative tools for various limitations, sensitivities and injuries in introductory lab classes (General Chemistry Lab and Introductory Organic Chem Lab). Cases vary from wheelchair use to minor hand tremors.