Field and Practicum Placement Supports
Students with disabilities may require accommodation support in clinical placements, internships, cooperative placements, practicum placements, and other experiential learning courses. Supports that have been suited to the classroom environment do not necessarily transfer to the work-like placement environment. Thus, we have established a strong working relationship with faculties to provide supports for students’ success in placements.
If your program includes an experiential learning component
You should let your Accessibility Advisor know as soon as possible. Together you can explore potential supports which may help you maximize your success in this critical area of learning.
Preparing for an experiential learning course
There are 3 things that students need to consider as they prepare for an experiential learning course:
- Each person’s accommodation needs are unique and variable across different environments;
- Disability awareness, resources, and accessibility vary tremendously among various experiential learning settings; and,
- Don’t assume that it will be a simple process to ask for accommodations once you are in your placement. It is important to request practicum accommodations well in advance of going out on a field experience.