Due to the increased awareness of learning disabilities and the educational assistance being provided to children in elementary and secondary schools, increasing numbers of individuals with learning disabilities are enrolling in and pursuing degrees at colleges and universities. These students, accustomed to a variety of K-12 classroom and/or examination accommodations, frequently arrange to have these accommodations continued by their new college or university through that organization’s office of disability services. While faculty members usually understand and are comfortable with accommodations made for students with physical disabilities (e.g., provided a recorded examination to a blind student), they are frequently ill at ease or even feel intimidated when they receive paperwork for a student with no visible disabilities.

The teaching strategies discussed in this article help promote a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Using teaching strategies that focus on multi-sensory means of presenting information, that provide organization of course material, and that offer opportunity for student interaction can be very important for students with learning disabilities. Combined with appropriate accommodations, these teaching strategies can help students with learning disabilities succeed in higher education. Most important of all, providing a flexible, supportive learning environment can enhance the learning of all students.

This article is from the Accounting Instructors’ Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

Contributors:
Carol B. Gaumnitz, Ph.D., CPA, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, St. Cloud State University
Bruce R. Gaumnitz, Ph.D., CIA, CMA, CPA, Professor, Department of Accounting, St. Cloud State University
Sheri L. Zalar, M.A. (in special education)

 

Read Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed in Higher Education.