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Students Using Classroom Assistants

Best Practices for Accommodations

At the beginning of each semester, classroom assistants will arrive to class a few minutes early and discretely introduce themselves and explain their role in the classroom.

Classroom assistants (CA) will position themselves close to the student. The role of a CA is to provide support in the areas of campus and classroom navigation, reading, scribing and transcription as directed by the student, note taking of lecture material, set up and take down of equipment, aiding in communication and mobility assistance.

General recommendations for supporting students accessing this service:

Communication: Make eye contact and speak directly to the student as you would any other student. While the CA may assist with communication, all classroom interaction should be directed to the student.

Provide clarification: The CA may request clarification for the student if someone has spoken inaudibly, several people have spoken at one time, or a concept is not understood. This is to ensure they are providing accurate content in scribed notes.

Access to learning materials: It is important that a CA have access to learning materials ahead of time to allow them time to prepare so they can transcribe the message clearly.

Visual aids: Use visual aids as much as possible. Visual aids help many students grasp new information.

Confidentiality: The CA will use complete discretion and will not discuss or identify the student with other students and/or faculty.

Closed caption policy: Ensure that all videos being shown in the classroom or on eConestoga are closed captioned. Always turn the captioning on. To get media captioned contact Jennevie Orio-Bebel ext.2808.

Staff Manuals

Faculty Resources

The following faculty resources have been prepared by the College Committee on Disability Issues (CCDI).

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