What Faculty Experts Say ...

Types of Special Needs


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Professor Lisa Simpson explains what autism is, its common characteristics, and the challenges students with ASD face. She offers a list of educational accommodations and support faculty or our campus can provide at the EFS conference in March, 2017

Communicative Disorders

Professor Novak begins the conversation of communicative disorders with culture of inclusion, and explains comorbidity and what it entails. She recommends faculty members focusing on the "positive intent" of the students who want to learn and objectively guiding students out of their subjectivity box to grow and succeed. A few suggestions are: establishing a buddy system and a trust relationship, tapping into existing university resources, etc. She concludes with the strategies of three L's and offers us five takeaways.

 Concussion and Brain Injury

Professor Nidhi Menhendra discussed what brain injury or conconssions are, their common charateristics, the challenges someone with these conditions may face and teaching tips for the faculty.

Deafness and Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) I

In part I Professor Everette Smith talks about his audiological condition and how to interact with deaf or hard-of-hearing students and the difference between sign language interpreter and captioner.


Deafness and Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) II

Part II Professor Smith talks about his successes and challenges and how faculty or staff can support students with deafness and hard-of-hearing condition.

Dyslexia I

In part I Professor Angela Rickford discussed what dyslexia is, its common characteristics, and the V.A.K.T. teaching strategies.

Dyslexia II

Professor Angela Rickford shared stories and discussed the support faculty can provide for students with dyslexia in part II.

Learning Disabilities

Professor Madigan first defines learning disabilities (LD) with a focus on dyslexia. She reminds us that challenges with reading and writing skills for students with Learning Disabilities is different for students where English is their second language. She recommends faculty build an approachable relationship with students and include a UDL-based multisensory "accessible" format in classroom teaching and learning. Dr. Madigan reminds us to be cognizant of students who may have social or non-verbal Learning Disabilities in the classroom.

Student Veterans

Dr. Elena Klaw presents background information about student veterans at SJSU and shares her research about their experiences here, including how they view our campus environment. She concludes by suggesting incorporating teaching practices that are inclusive.


What is stuttering? What are the common characteristics? What can faculty do to support students who sttuter in the classroom? Professor Pei-Tzu Tsai discussed all these topics at Engaging for Success conference in March, 2017.


Visual Impairment and Other Special Needs

How to start a conversation with students with visual impairment or other special needs? Professor Lara Kassab recommends to start by building a relationship or making a connection with student, with the person in mind, first. She then explains the four basic types of visual impairment. The key points are to communicate clearly, build a supportive and caring environment, and get to know the student as an individual not an individual with disabilities.

Accessible Education Center I

In Part I, Director Cindy Marota gives an overview of the services Accessible Education Center (AEC) provides. She   defines disability, explains the types of disabilities, student registration process and how accommodations are approved and how AEC communicates with the faculty.


Accessible Education Center II

In Part II, Cindy cautions us that even students with similar disability classifications may require different accommodations. She stresses that faculty should practice Universal Design for Learning in classrooms to try to reach out to all students who may have various sensory or learning needs. AEC is always available to support faculty and students.