[nabs-l] New member

Mark J. Cadigan kramc11 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 03:49:26 UTC 2010


Try writing a letter to the principle and CC the superintendent of schools. 
Write it in hard copy, and send it registered mail, or hand deliver it. 
Always keep records of every move you make in regards to the school system. 
They will try to get out of there obligations if you give them the smallest 
loophole. Knowing a good lawyer or a professional advocate is also 
beneficial. Hopefully it doesn't come down to playing hardball, but don't 
back down, and stand your ground. Not being able to do your work at the same 
time as your classmates due to accessibility issues is not acceptable. Also, 
does your state have an active student division; perhaps you can email them, 
and get additional solutions tailored to the laws of your state.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Koby Cox" <kobycox at gmail.com>
To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'" 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 10:37 PM
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] New member


>I have talked to my parents about this issue and they've emailed my vision
> teacher and she's don nothing.
> Koby.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On 
> Behalf
> Of Mark J. Cadigan
> Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 9:09 PM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] New member
>
> Ok. Well, reason I asked about what grade you are in, is because although 
> it
>
> is good to start advocating for yourself as young as possible, teachers 
> tend
>
> not to pay attention to you when you are younger. A possible way to get
> around the wireless access issue is to use a broadband card and access the
> internet over the phone towers. A good way to force the school to allow 
> you
> onto the wireless is to include something into the IEP. Something such as
> requires a laptop with wireless access. Possibly they may make an 
> exception
> for you to get onto the internet, or if you push the issue, they may
> modernize and create a student network. It is not all that difficult to 
> do,
> have both a faculty and student network. Have you talked to your parents
> about the issue? Also, have you spoken to the student division in your
> state?
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Koby Cox" <kobycox at gmail.com>
> To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'"
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 9:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] New member
>
>
>> I'm in the 11th grade. I have all of the stuff that you've mentioned
>> except
>> wireless access. The network is secured. They won't allow students to get
>> on
>> to there network. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>> Koby.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
>> Behalf
>> Of Mark J. Cadigan
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 8:50 PM
>> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] New member
>>
>> I don't know if it's been mentioned, but what grade are you in? And, do
>> you
>> have a laptop or note taker with wireless access, a refreshable Braille
>> display, and an embosser. It may not be the best, but having assignments
>> emailed to you may work. Then you can read them on a refreshable display,
>> or
>>
>> emboss them yourself. Sometimes u have to do a bit of your own 
>> adaptation.
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Koby Cox" <kobycox at gmail.com>
>> To: <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 7:52 PM
>> Subject: [nabs-l] New member
>>
>>
>>> Hello all,
>>>
>>> My name is Koby and I'm totally blind. I'm glad that I'm onboard this
>>> list.
>>> I'm not getting my materials in Braille in a timely fassion. I've talked
>>> to
>>> the teachers about this and they don't seem to care. For example I was
>>> givven a paper the other day and the students were doing this exact
>>> assignment that same day and I was unable to do this assignment that day
>>> do
>>> to the fact taht I didn't have that paper in a accessible format. What
>>> could
>>> I do? any advice will be appreciated.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Koby. P.S. I'm on a IEP. I didn't have this problem last year.
>>>
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