Helping Students with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) access a general education is a cooperative effort between school, parents, and student. The following list give suggestions for helping a student with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) access a general education.
School accommodations and responsibilities:
- Establish a good working relationship with the parent/legal guardian
- As agreed upon by school personnel and parents allow the student more time to finish classwork or exams
- Give additional time to get from class to class
- Re-evaluate the student regularly to determine the progress of the disease and them make appropriate accommodations
- Provide appropriate physical therapy
- Make copies of lecture notes, overheads, or homework assignments
- Use flexibility in attendance
- Give parent/legal guardian advance notice of field trips or other activities which may require necessary accommodations
- Develop a good working relationship with school personnel; provide ongoing communication during the school year
- Use physician and other medical personnel to train school personnel in learning about MD and how to best manage the disease in a school setting.
- Provide the school with doctor’s orders for managing student’s MD
- Provide the school with emergency phone numbers of parent/legal guardian and other responsible individuals
- Help the student learn his limitations in regard to school activities
Student self-management strategies and responsibilities:
- Cooperate with school personnel in all MD related accommodations at school
- Follow doctor’s orders as to the management of MD
*** These are not complete lists of suggestions or accommodations, but they are proven ideas used by parents, teachers, and students to help the student access a general education.