How Do Students With Seizure Disorders Access Online Distance Education?
Georgia Institute of Technology. Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE)
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Students with seizure disorders may have little or no difficulty accessing traditional classroom education. However, students may experience severe seizures involving loss of consciousness and involuntary movements, or may experience what appears to be a lapse of consciousness. After a seizure, a student may experience a number of symptoms, such as confusion, fatigue, muscle weakness, headache, or pain. Additionally, students taking medication to control seizures may experience side effects like drowsiness or blurred vision. As a result, students with disabilities may choose to access online distance education rather than traditional classroom education. But instructors should be aware that the design of their online learning courses could result in seizures for people with certain types of disabilities.