Physical disability friendly remote learning: a checklist for families and teachers
Remote learning is a challenge for many children with physical disabilities. Simple adjustments can make it much more accessible.
The Physical Disability Team are available for further support if needed.
Sitting at the computer for an extended period of time can cause pain for all users and will be worse for anyone with a physical disability:
- Support your back
- Make sure that the chair is adjusted so it supports the lower back. A cushion can be put in place to do this if an adjustable chair is not available
- Rest your feet flat on the floor
- If your feet cannot touch the ground put a box or book under them to support
- Place the screen at eye level
- Try to ensure the top of the screen is level with your eyes and it is approximately an arm’s length away
- Have the keyboard directly in front of you
- It is best 10 to 15 cm away to make sure you can rest your wrists
- Have the mouse close to you – to prevent stretching. It may be worth if you are using a trackpad getting a mouse to avoid strain
- For laptops consider using a separate keyboard and mouse and a laptop riser to raise the level of the screen. These can be purchased for £15 to £20.
Fatigue is a major issue for a lot of young people with physical disability. This is aggravated by stressful situations. Having to sit in one place and concentrate for long periods. Children with physical disability may “zone out” through fatigue or be more likely to fall behind:
- Offer regular breaks
- Make sure if possible that live lessons are recorded so they can be watched again if need be
- If there is a presentation with the lesson make sure it is sent beforehand
- Consider looking at introducing new topics at the start of the week and consolidating at the end
- Leave opportunities to write answers without having to listen
- Websites such as natural readers online mean that written resources can be listened to at a later date
- Encourage the use of keyboard shortcuts
- Share key points from the lesson at the beginning and the end
- When sharing a video of a lesson it is worth including time stamps for when the key points are covered so it can be jumped back to.
Use of a keyboard
Some students will struggle to use the keyboard:
- Share typing tutor resources to develop skills
- Offer multiple choice questions that can be completed with a mouse click rather than a written answer
- Make keyboard stickers available so the letters can be more easily isolated
- Turn on word prediction for windows
For more information or advice, please contact us on 01724 407988
The Physical Disability Team support children transitioning to or in education from ages 0-25; who attend an educational provision in North Lincolnshire .
The Team supports all children with physical disabilities to access the curriculum through direct teaching, training and support for provisions.
The team is made up of experts from Education and Health backgrounds.
They support children and young people with physical disabilities in the following ways:
- direct teaching
- assessment for specialist equipment
- assessment of classroom environment to ensure equal access to the curriculum.
- assessment of school layout to ensure full access.
- training for staff to better understand PD needs
- moving and handling training for education provisions.
The Team supports the Early Help process by attending meetings, providing reports and where necessary taking the lead professionals role. Referrals are accepted from all stakeholders.
Our definition of Physical Disabilities is that laid out by the 2010 Equalities Act.
(1)A person (P) has a disability if
(a) has a physical or mental impairment, and
(b) the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Parents and carers
Parents and carers are consulted following every visit and there is an open door policy for discussions at any time. Wherever possible the team will attend meetings around the child’s welfare.
Children and young people
Children and young people are involved in every stage of the process. They are consulted as to their opinions and these are recorded on every report.