Be a Rock Star Comment-a-nector

Barbara Marshall

  1. How does this impact small village schools here in Alaska? Some schools may only have 2 or 3 teachers (or even just one). Do these teachers have to handle IEP duties in addition to their other work? Does the school’s building have to be in compliance even if there are no students who currently need any accessibility accommodations? Do these schools get additional funding to help mitigate the costs of compliance when it may only be needed for one or two students?

  2. How do national parks, such as Denali National Park meet the requirements of accessibility? Are they required to make back-country trips accessible to those who may want to experience such an adventure but are hampered by mobility issues?

  3. From my reading, it appears that “reasonable accommodations” is a moving target. How do the courts determine that a business must comply with accessibility rules and when is it considered an undue hardship?

Barbara has some good questions to which I would also like to know the answers.  (I am also a history nerd, Barbara) You might find that this website starts to answer your question #2 about accessibility in national parks.  I think I answer your question #3 with my post.

Ben Schlegel

1: Has learning about ADA and IDEA changed anything in the way you plan lessons?

2:  What has changed in any of your own internal definitions of “disability”, “reasonable accommodation”, and “universal design”? If this was your first time hearing these terms have they made you think differently about anything else in your daily life?

3:  What accommodations have you seen in place in the classroom? Did you realize that they were taking place?

I definitely make provisions for accommodations on my lesson plans.  I have a lesson plan template I created that has a special space for it.  In my history classes, I have a master of my notes that I make available to students with IEPs (they are in a closet in the back of my room and the students know they can go grab them.  Or not.).  How about you?

Erika Horn

  1. What happens if a school cannot provide the needed accommodations for the student? I think about how living in a semi-rural community of Kodiak and our sometimes limited resources.

  2. What type of free resources and technology are available to teachers that provide reasonable accommodations? With the sometimes limited resources, I am curious as to what other teachers are using currently or have used in the past!

  3. What are methods teacher use to get started in implementing the use of universal design in curriculum development?

    #2 – I haven’t looked for any resources to provide accommodations.  The only accommodations I have implemented in my classroom are things like extended time, reduced assignments, copies of notes, and protoring of tests/quizzes.   I would be interested to hear what you find out.

Melody Braden

  1. Are there any teacher training courses to help support teachers using Universal Design in the classroom?

  2. If a school has gone over their budget, how do they offer sped services to new children?

  3. What are the consequences for teachers/schools that do not federal guidelines for meeting children’s IEP’s?

I found this website for your question #1.

Nina Vizcarrando

  1. Are cruise ships subjected to ADA?

  2. When subway stations ‘remodel’, are they then subject to comply with ADA?

  3. Are there any universities that do training for the entire staff? (Not waiting on that scenario and in an attempt to create a “Universal Design” school?)

The answer to #1 is yes.  I found a litigation against Carnival Cruise lines.  The document is attached.

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