Responding to Students with Disabilities

Facts About Disability

  • Students with documentation of a physical, learning or psychiatric disability are eligible to access accommodations through the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at (860-486-2020).
  • Students with physical disabilities present special classroom access needs associated with limitations in mobility, speaking, hearing, and/or vision.
  • Students with medical disorders may experience difficulties participating in their academic programs due to the condition itself or the ongoing treatment protocol.
  • Students with learning disabilities have neurological impairments that interfere with and slow down information processing, memory and retrieval, and output. These disabilities can have a detrimental impact on reading, writing, math, attention, concentration, and/or overall organization.
  • Students with psychiatric disabilities have a chronic and debilitating psychological condition that interferes with their ability to participate in the routine educational program. Examples of conditions that fall under this classification include Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) may experience inattentive, hyperactive, and/or impulsive behaviors due to a dysfunction of the central nervous system. These behaviors may compromise an individual’s social, vocational and academic performance.
  • Students with disabilities may not realize that they have a particular problem and that treatment/accommodations are available.

What You Can Do

  • Speak to the student in private about your concerns.
  • Treat each student with sensitivity and respect.
  • Acknowledge the difficulties that the student is having.
  • Refer the student to the Center for Students with Disabilities (860-486-2020) in the Wilbur Cross Building.
  • Be open to follow-up consultation with the CSD regarding accommodations for the student.
  • Remember that any student requesting accommodations must have valid documentation on file with the CSD and present verification of approved accommodations.


  • Using patronizing language with the student.
  • Underestimating or questioning the stated disability.
  • Assuming the student understands the academic limitations imposed by the disability.
  • Assuming the student qualifies for accommodations without the CSD verification.

Need Help! Contact CSD (WCB, 2nd Floor) 860-486-2020,