Applied learning and skill development
A very helpful resource for considering clinical / applied education accommodations is a video by Dr. Barbara Roberts, M.S., OT. Ph.D. Michigan State University,Clinical Accommodations Decision-Making Framework Webinar, 2016.
Faculty and administrators may be concerned that the accommodations provided in the educational setting will not be available to a student after graduation, and, that they are setting up students to fail once they encounter the "real world" of the workplace. However, accommodations are also available in the workplace, and are determined in a manner similar to accommodations in the academic/applied learning settings. The abundance of professional associations for individuals with disabilities in, for example, the health sciences attests to the ability of those with disabilities to do the work and the willingness of health care facilities to hire them. It is critical that decisions about accommodations and technical standards are grounded in the reality of the current world of work, and not on historical assumptions. Often, it turns out that a requirement is in place solely because it has traditionally been done that way, and when opened up for discussion, the parties come to realize that the same skill could be acquired by another method.
It is worth remembering your students:
Assigning specific accommodations for classroom-based environments is straightforward as the task requirements and environmental variables are well known.
The requirements and variables involved in applied learning experiences are more difficult to anticipate by CAL Instructors who write the letters of academic accommodation (the Faculty Notifications) for students. A higher degree of collaboration is required between the program (and placement partner if applicable) and the student—and with consultation where necessary with the CAL Instructors—to tailor specific accommodations to those environments.
As experiences and task requirements in these environments change, accommodations may have to evolve.