Cognitive Differences

MEET WILLIAM

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William was in a car accident two years ago and suffered a traumatic brain injury. As a result, William has difficultly reading and comprehending written text, though prior to his accident he always excelled academically. He works hard to be successful at work despite his injury and has therefore decided to pursue a graduate degree that will help him stay marketable and learn more about the field, despite these new challenges. He feels that an online classroom will offer him more time to re-read materials and develop thoughtful answers.

UNIQUE CHALLENGES

  • When there are few to no graphics that support the written word, William misses out on any helpful visual cues related to comprehending the content.
  • When William is prompted to read content that contains sarcasm, satire, parody, and metaphor it is particularly challenging for him to comprehend.
  • If an author implies meaning indirectly without stating it explicitly in the writing, the message is then lost on William.

RESOURCES FOR MORE INFO

There are many potential cognitive disabilities including; memory, problem solving, attention deficit, reading/linguistic/verbal comprehension, visual comprehension, math comprehension. Learn more at WebAIM: Cognitive Disability.

RESOURCES FOR DESIGN

 

More questions? Visit the ODEE Resource Center: Accessibility or email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.