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Numbness (2C)

Numbness is the inability to detect or discriminate differences through touch.
Students with numbness may find it difficult or be unable to sense textures, pressure, temperature differences, or pain in any part of their body; the most commonly affected areas are fingers, hands, feet, and toes. This can be caused by diabetic neuropathy, quadriplegia, paraplegia, other neurological impairments, or nerve damage due to injury. Students may have difficulty learning or demonstrating knowledge through touch (e.g. reading with Braille, using raised line drawings or distinguishing rocks in geology).

Formal Diagnostics

A physician's diagnosis of one of the medical conditions related to numbness would be appropriate documentation.

Intake Questions

  • Do you experience numbness in your fingers or hands?
  • Do you experience numbness in your feet or legs that should be accommodated?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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