Recommendations For Academic Staff

For Academic Staff

Things to Consider For Our Disabled Students

Dear Faculty Members,

  • There should be no discrimination for students in any disability group. Emotional attitude towards disabled students, privileged behavior in exams, exemption from some academic studies or courses are within the scope of positive discrimination. Positive discrimination is also an attitude that should not be done. The important thing is to equalize the services and opportunities offered by the instructor to the student and to involve our disabled student and other students in teaching on equal terms.
  • Orientation (adaptation) activities can be organized in order to introduce the school and the facilities available at the school to our disabled students who have just started their education at the faculty. In this study, information about the physical condition and facilities of the school, the immediate environment in which it is located, the educational program, extracurricular activities, school rules can be included.
  • Care should be taken to process the lessons for our physically disabled students in the classrooms on the ground floors.
  • Especially for hearing impaired students, lecture notes should be given before classes.
  • For the visually impaired, it may be preferable to give lecture notes in the form of CDs.
  • Teaching staff should be able to allow students with disabilities to use voice recorders.
  • Visually impaired students should be seated in the front rows of the classroom. If there is graphic content in the lessons, it should be processed by distributing it to the student in relief format beforehand. The lesson should be explained with concrete examples as much as possible.
  • If there are students who use Braille writing among visually impaired students, the lesson should be Deciphered slowly.
  • Instructors who present their courses with the help of slides, when there are students with low vision in their classes, their slides should be written in large font, the writing and the floor should be in contrasting color, handwriting should not be used.
  • Instructors who have hearing impaired students in the classroom should speak with their faces turned to the students. When writing something related to the topic on the blackboard, the instructors should not tell anything other than what he wrote on the blackboard, since his face will not be facing the students, when the student wants to take notes of what the instructor says, his gaze will go out of the lecturer's lip and turn to the notebook. When he draws his gaze back to the lecturer's lip movements, he will miss a few sentences. Therefore, the instructor should explain the lesson more slowly, the student should be seated in one of the front rows, the instructors should give the course notes that they will process that day to the students before the lesson begins.
  • The internship instructor of our disabled student who is doing an internship should be given information about the disabled student
  • The exam period should be extended if necessary, taking into account the characteristics of the disabled person. A total of half of the exam time can be added to the exam time.
  • For visually and hearing impaired students, lecturers can conduct their exams with the help of a computer.
  • If necessary, readers can be assigned from research assistants in the exam. However, care should be taken that these assigned people do not act emotionally. The reader should be someone determined by the responsible instructor of the course, not the student.
  • Positive discrimination should not be made in the examination evaluation.
  • Students with disabilities should be informed about changes such as class time and exam location. The information requested to be transmitted to the student should be sent as a message to their mobile phones or e-mail addresses.
  • Not using pronoun words during the lecture for the visually impaired (this, here, as seen, etc.)
  • In order to help disabled students with their academic, social and psychological problems, the Disabled Counseling Unit, Guidance and Psychological Counseling Unit and the Student Affairs Department should be contacted.
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