[nabs-l] Research Paper Help

mworkman at ualberta.ca mworkman at ualberta.ca
Thu Jun 18 20:39:17 UTC 2009


I'm curious Joe, if not through public funding, and if not through
assistance from the university, then whose responsibility is it.  My gut
tells me you will say that it is of course the blind person's
responsibility, but my gut has been wrong in the past.

Just in case my gut is right this time, I would say that unless the
university provides fully accessible maps, braille on every classroom door,
accessible elevators, and is constructed in a manner that requires little in
the way of orientation for a blind person to get around, then the university
does have a responsibility to offer this sort of assistance.  In Canada
anyways, I think it would be pretty easy to argue that this is a reasonable
accommodation that doesn't impose an undo hardship, and I suspect the same
would be true in american law.

But I am genuinely curious whose responsibility you believe  it is.

Marc

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Someone from the disability office should be able to undertake this task.
If such an office does not exist, as may be true in a private institution,
there is still some type of compliance officer on hand who should find a
student worker to show the blind person to his or her classes.  A blind
student need not have government assistance to be shown this courtesy.  In
turn, the school need not be expected to carry out this courtesy, but I
think they will be hard-pressed not to do such a small favor.  Keep us
posted, and write to me off list if you need someone to help you move
forward with something more solid with the school.

Joe Orozco

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the
crowd."--Max Lucado

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[mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of V Nork
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 4:48 AM
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Subject: [nabs-l] Research Paper Help

Hi all, Hope any of you can help me with some information for a
research topic on mobility.  It involves a hypothetical
question.  What would happen to a visually impaired student on
your campus if he or she needed help with orientation and
mobility but had no funding from government or social agencies?
 Let us say in this example the student already had basic white
cane skills, but just needed to have someone walk with them
until they had a route planned?  Would the college or
university offer direct help?  On my campus, such help is seen
as the individual responsibility of the blind student.   It is
simply sink or swim if one does not have help or money to pay
for it.It was suggested to me that someone who needed help
should post a flyer on college bulletin boards.  It just seems
to me that is reasonable to think that some member of the
college or university could be designated to offer some
assistance as a kind of mobility aideto do an initial run
through so a student could get to classes each semester.  I
have tried to lobby for this in a low key way, but so far my
suggestions have fallen on unreceptive ears.   My request for
tactile maps has also been seemingly ignored.  Is this similar
or not to the situation on your campus?  Thanks for any thoughts, Ginnie
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