[nabs-l] professors and disability services

Amy Sabo amylsabo at comcast.net
Wed Dec 3 04:40:36 UTC 2008

hello val,

first of all i'm sorry for these issues that you are having with your first semester at college. as for the first situation i would have been more communicative with your prof in getting the notes from him/her. if not then you needed to deal with dss on this. i have had to deal with this on some issues and they can help emensely!

secondally as to your english class i can understand on the formatting thing in how things look in word but, you need to proofread it yourself or have someone do it for you. as to the assignments for your class i have had to deal with this situation in dealing with sickness but, we want to be on a equal footing with our sighted partners. so, you need to do what you need to complete the assignments on time.

we all make mistakes and hopefully you can learn from them and hopefully it won't happen again to you too! take care and good luck to you in this!

amy sabo

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: "Valerie Gibson" <valandkayla at gmail.com> 

> Hi, 
> my name's Valerie. don't really post here much, but looking for 
> feeback on two situations i've got going on, which as you prob know: 
> situations before finals is never good. anyway... 
> one issue, i probably should have worked out sooner, but here it is: 
> when first regestering for my first year of psych, yes i'm a freshmen 
> btw, I emailed my professor and asked hi if he could send me any notes 
> and things that he shows the clas via email. He's one of those 
> teachers who teaches in a large auditorium, and projects an outline 
> for the class to cpy and fill out based on his lectures. Well, 
> natureally i don't see the outline, so i asked this accomidation. 
> "No." was his responce. he said that he needed to see a paper from 
> disability services (DSS), if he was going to provide that. 
> I didn't want to fight, and what harm could there be in going to DSS 
> to get the paper so long as i passsed the class, i thought. so i did. 
> Well, the paper was a letter of accomidation where i had to write down 
> any accomidations i may need, and take each paper to my professors. 
> they would sign off on it, and i'd bring it back to DSS. Well, after 
> filling out the paper DSS told me to ome back in a few days to pick up 
> the copies to give to my professors. Normally, they'd call my cell 
> when i needed to come by, and it wasn't until three weeks later that i 
> finally got the paper, and even after my psych professor's signature, 
> i've still not gotten my outline. 
> Second issue: my english professor was probably the most open 
> professor i've gotten this year. she was open to working with me, even 
> when i didn't want to work with DSS, and emailed anything she gave the 
> class to me. 
> We have four projects that we have to write by the end of the 
> semester, and we can revise as many times as she wants. My first 
> project got a good grade, but she pulled me aside on the second 
> project, and told me that it earned an "unsatisfactory", the lowest 
> grade, based on the formatting. natureally i understood that i should 
> have worked on finding someone to check the formatting. So i had to 
> revise. 
> The papers were due yesterday, and unfortuneately, i was sick over the 
> holidays, and wasn't in school. I emailed my professor and asked her 
> if i could email her the papers that day, and give her the physical 
> papers the next day, to which she rudely told me that i could. 
> If anyone knows my household, i don't get that much support with 
> little things, like having a sighted person check to see if my lines 
> are double spaced and things, so the next day, i got back to campus, i 
> ran by the writing center just to ask them if my formating was okay, 
> before running to my english teacher's office and turning it in...and 
> now, she's "having to think on wether she will even take it". 
> and if she doesn't, i will fail. and i'm already failing psych due to 
> the information provided above...any thought? 
> Val 
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