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Implementing Academic Accommodations

A guide for course instructors/departments/schools on implementing common academic accommodations in post secondary

Electronic Device in Class Accommodation

Why do some students have an accommodation to use an electronic device in class?

Some students have disability related barriers to taking notes and/or organizing information using a pen and paper. These students typically use an electronic device with a keyboard to take notes in class.

Some students also use assistive technology software on these devices which further reduces barriers to taking notes (i.e. screen enlargement software for a student with low vision).

I have a no devices policy in my course. Can I prevent a student with this accommodation from using their electronic device?

No, as this method assists your student to obtain the same level of information as any other student in the class.