[nabs-l] College Expenses that Blind Students Encounter.

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Fri Apr 15 20:31:39 UTC 2016


Christina,

Really? My colleges I attended for my BA only provided readers for tests.
Readers for essential research projects or visual subjects such as science 
where I needed readers to read/describe diagrams was not provided by either 
george mason university or marymount university; GMU is public and MU is 
private.

So, what school do you attend which provides readers? Are they paid hourly?
Since they are dss employees, does the dss office control what types of 
things they read?

I've had to pay out of pocket for readers.

Thanks.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Christina Moore via nabs-l
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016 7:21 AM
To: munawarb at gmail.com ; National Association of Blind Students mailing list
Cc: Christina Moore
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] College Expenses that Blind Students Encounter.

My school provides readers/scribes for as much time as I need.
I have had expenses related to the costs of having a service dog.

God Bless,
Christina

----- Original Message -----
From: Munawar Bijani via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
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Date sent: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:40:02 -0400
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] College Expenses that Blind Students
Encounter.

Sure.  When I was in university I was sad to discover that VR
will only
pay for a reader the equivalent credit hours of the course a
week.
Naturally, for math and science courses I needed more than three
hours
a week of a reader.  The rest of the cost came out of my pocket.

I paid for four or five readers over the course of my university
studies.  Had I not been receiving SSDI at the time, this would
not
have been possible, because the Pel Grant was insufficient to
cover
the expenses.

On 4/14/16, Glenn III via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
Hi all,

I?™m presenting at our IL Spring seminar on college financing,
and the one
puzzle piece I?™m missing is expected college expenses specific
to blind
students.  I looked online, and searched NABS archives back to
12 months,
but I can?™t find what I?™m looking for.

        While I know some folks anticipate Voc.  Rehab covering
basically all
costs, I think it?™s prudent for a blind student to budget what
their
potential expenses are ahead of time, especially if you end up
not having
things covered.  I could give examples of my own college time
(not to
mention friends who ended up paying out of pocket for things
that other
students didn?™t have to worry about), but I think my
experience is not
going to cover important things many blind students encounter,
so??



Could people here offer some examples of blindness-specific
expenses they
encountered in college that should be budgeted for?


Thanks, so much.
-Glenn Moore III
State Secretary,
National Federation of the Blind of Illinois
(find our calendar at nfbofillinois.org/?page_id=158)
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