Understanding and accommodating students with depression in the classroom updating to 1 1 3
Enid Weiner, MSW, Ed D I coordinate the Psychiatric Dis/Abilities Program at York University in Toronto.
On the other hand, if a student needs a memory aid (e.g., list of formulas for math or historical dates for art history) during exams because of memory problems, and the purpose of the course is not to test memory, then this accommodation would be a reasonable one.
Instructors, and even students themselves, don’t always understand how the demands of school can worsen symptoms of one’s illness.
I truly believe that accommodations for students with psychiatric disabilities, in particular, need to take into account the importance of reducing stress.
Here at York University, we’ve put together an information package about the many services and resources that are available on our campus for students with mental illness. Accommodations are not meant to change the essential requirements of a course.
Rather, they allow the student to have their work evaluated in a way that shows they’ve learned the concepts taught. An invisible disability can be difficult to understand at the best of times.