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How Can I Leverage ChatGPT to Support Students with Disabilities?

Learn approaches for creating adaptable assignments, generating alternative formats for course materials, and implementing AI-powered communication channels with the goal of providing personalized support for students with disabilities.


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How Can I Leverage ChatGPT to Support Students with Disabilities?

Up to 35%, or one-third of the students in your classroom might have a disability. If we include mental health disorders, this number is closer to 60%. Sometimes these disabilities may be visible, but more often they are invisible. These students also have a two times more likely chance of not finishing their degree, and a three times more likely chance of not being employed later in life.

In this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, Jacqueline Towson, PhD discusses the importance of inclusivity in higher education and the challenges faced by students with disabilities. She explores the use of AI, specifically ChatGPT, to enhance accessibility and support for these students. Finally, she discusses the potential benefits and ethical considerations of integrating AI into teaching practices.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Describe challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in higher education courses
  • Understand how ChatGPT and generative AI can support students with disabilities in university coursework
  • Integrate ChatGPT and generative AI into course materials to support individuals with disabilities
  • Analyze the potential benefits and limitations of integrating AI into teaching practices for students with disabilities
  • Evaluate the ethical considerations of using AI in educations settings, particularly concerning privacy, bias, and accuracy
  • Create assignments and activities by leveraging AI through writing, editing, quiz creation, study materials, notetaking outlines, a virtual office assistant, and more

Topics Covered

  • Challenges faced by students with disabilities in higher education
  • Using ChatGPT and generative AI to support students with disabilities in higher education
  • Importance of clear communication about AI use and ethical considerations in educational settings


This program will benefit:

  • Faculty
  • Lecturers
  • Educational Technologists
  • Instructional Designers
  • Student support services
  • Information specialists
  • Disability Services Directors


Product Code: PM24OA

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With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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