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
- ***Ask Ralph if he needs
- Ask Yes/No-type questions whenever
- Make sure classroom and building are
- 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
- See if Ralph needs a note-taker.
- 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
- It is OK to ask Ralph to repeat himself if you
do not understand what he says.