[nabs-l] professors and disability services

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Thu Dec 4 06:49:49 UTC 2008


Hi Valerie,

Sorry to hear this; freshman year is a learning experience.  When at George
mason university, I did what you did.  I had the dss write a letter of
accomodation and the professors signed it.  Sounds like a familar procedure.
Your professor should have followed through.  Can you remind him politely
again?  Has he been ignoring your requests?  If you cannot get it from him
other ideas are these.  Get notes from a classmate. Also you should have a
device like Pacmate to write notes; review your own notes if you have them.
Often professors at the freshman intro level follow the textbook so study
your book too.

Next about the english professor,
its confusing.  Is she not accepting your papers since they are late or 
what?  I hope you explained your issues that not only did you need 
assistance formatting but you were sick over the holiday.  I'm also 
surprised you got a low grade just for formatting. Surely there was more. 
Professors take off some for formatting but not a failing grade for that.
The professor can reject late papers.  Its been my experience that different 
professors have different policies.  Some will accept it for a lower grade; 
some with partial credit of some sort and some not at all.
So I don't have any advice for the english class; its up to the professor as 
to whether they will accept papers.  Next semester, get a tutor; surely your 
school has a tutoring service; mine does.  Your tutor can make formatting 
suggestions as well as suggest areas to improve in writing.  If you are 
failing english sounds like you need some tutoring assistance.
Also, if you hire a reader for other matterial, they can check formatting 
too.

If you're still reading, this is a bit long, I have some commands to help 
with formatting.  This works if you use jaws and Microsoft word. Do you use 
that?
Some commands tell you about formatting.

Insert F: announces the size, type and spacing of writing.  Such as 12 
point, times new roman, line spacing single
Also says if you have normal or bold font.
Control B: bold on/off
Control I: italic on/off


Ashley
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Valerie Gibson" <valandkayla at gmail.com>
To: <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 5:11 PM
Subject: [nabs-l] professors and disability services


> 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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