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Cerebral Palsy Case Study

Scenario:

Ralph is a first-year student at a local community college. He has severe cerebral palsy; therefore, he cannot speak, but uses a communication board. Ralph has no cognitive problems and is quite bright. He uses a wheelchair and requires assistance to place his hands on the controls.

Necessary Accommodations:

  • ***Ask Ralph if he needs accommodations.***
  • Ask Yes/No-type questions whenever possible.
  • Make sure classroom and building are accessible.
  • Allow Ralph to have extra time for quizzes, tests, and in-class assignments.
  • Allow Ralph to take breaks, due to spasms that result in fatigue.
  • Ask Ralph what test-taking method would be best for him.
  • See if Ralph needs a note-taker.

Etiquette:

  • Do not lean on Ralph’s wheelchair.
  • Talk to Ralph, not his attendant.
  • Provide assistance if Ralph asks.
  • Use person-first language (i.e., "Ralph is a person with cerebral palsy" NOT "Ralph is the cerebral-palsied student").
  • It is OK to ask Ralph to repeat himself if you do not understand what he says.

 

 

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