For all students, the transition to graduate or professional school requires the use of many skills to adapt to the new environment. One’s professionalism, especially regarding communication skills, is key to making an effective transition. It is essential that students with disabilities effectively communicate with faculty, colleagues, and other administration and staff in order to ensure access to approved disability accommodations.
This guide was developed to assist graduate and professional students in the health sciences to effectively communicate information about their disabilities and their classroom and clinical placement accommodations with faculty and administrators. The goal is to outline several key issues for students with disabilities, including: (1) the appropriate amount of information to share, (2) tips for professional communication, and (3) the students’ roles and responsibilities in this process.
Communication Guide for Students With Disabilities Supplemental Materials