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Posted Apr 17, 2003 at 8:04:45 PM
Subject: housing accommodations

My son has four learning disabilities. He needs to use adaptive software to transcribed notes and write papers. The software is only on his personal computer. We requested a single room for quiet and computer access and we were denied. Was this a reasonable request? Was this a reasonable denial?

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Posted:Apr 20, 2003 7:45:06 AM

Interesting. I'd never heard of this request before so I cannot comment on how reasonable was the request or the denial. I would think if this request were made, it would typically be denied as many students would covet having a room all to themselves and the college would fear to open a 'Pandora's box'

I'd also say these days arent' all college dorms wired for computers? I wouldn't send any student to any college whose dorms aren't all wired for their PCs

If this college has an official 'quiet dorm' as some do these days, you might reasonably request that he be assigned to that dorm and I would think it unreasonable for the college to deny that request.

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Posted:Apr 26, 2003 10:29:01 AM

As long as the school can provide appropriate accomadations, they are not responsible for making sure he has a quiet room etc. He can go to the library or many other quiet places on campus to study. As far as the software, make sure the school he is going to has something comparable that he can acess in a quiet place. Remember in college. they are responsible for access. not success!

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Posted:May 01, 2003 2:33:18 PM

I've been mulling this over. In a perfect world they'd agree immediately, but I don't see that happening. Space is valuable and helps balance the budget.

As far as going to a 'quiet place' to study and work - it won't be quiet when he starts using the voice recognition software, will it? :) I suppose it will depend on the precise nature of the available space and the technology involved.

I've never heard of anyone getting an accommodation of this nature. I might have enough time on Monday to check with some of our counselors with large numbers of college students on their caseloads and maybe our state coordinator if she is in. I have a funny feeling they've never seen it done either.

John

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Posted:May 05, 2003 4:53:09 PM

I managed to find the time today to ask around a little and did not find anyone who'd ever heard of this type of accommodation being made. The "unreasonable" expense appears to be the way they get around doing it.

John

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Posted:May 05, 2003 11:33:12 PM

.Gotta tell ya, though, that it's really important to have a badger-like attitude -- a determination to find such a place, w hether or not it's an "official accommodation," and a determination to work over, around and through obstacles. I'd visit the college & the library... find the place..find some other alternative places... and work out as many other battle plans as possible.
There is a bit of a tendency for folks not to understand the big dfiference between K-12 and college -- so concisely put as ensuring access, but not success. How's the kiddo at connecting with services, etc?

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