My Experience with Disabilities Services
Sorry for the delay, apparently summer classes are very busy!
Before I chose a college, I met with staff from each disability services program. One of the main reasons I chose the college I’m at was because of the friendly and caring demeanor of the disability services director. Since my physical disability is obvious, the director of the program I chose did not require detailed documentation. All I had to submit to my current school was my 504 plan and ACT testing accommodation information for her to make her assessment. The other school would have required a myriad of forms and letters from doctors.
So I chose school B over school A and have been very happy about it. Every semester I meet with disability services to go over my classes and decide which accommodations I need. Disability services sends an e-mail to all my professors detailing my accommodations and explanations. In some of my classes I have used height adjustable tables, but my wheelchair fits fine under most tables. In some of my classes I have arranged for a notetaker to take notes for me, and then I would pick them up at disability services. I schedule my test about a week ahead of time so I can take them in the disability services office because one of my accommodations is extended time on tests. I also have to schedule essay tests on the computer so I can use my voice-recognition software program, Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
I also have room accommodations arranged by on-campus housing and disability services. I live in a dorm room that complies with the ADA. It has an accessible bathroom and shower, wider door, the door actually has an opener that I control with a remote. If you want to know more about my accommodations, please e-mail me or leave a comment.
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