Transformations Magazine January 2014 - page 17

professors’ actual classroom notes
can be copied and posted online.
Trevor is aided by simple, colorful
visuals accompanied by clear
explanations from the professor.
Sitting in a circle allows Jody to
follow classroom discussion more
easily because she can see other
students and stay focused on the
Such requests are not always part
of the required accommodations
sent to an instructor from
the Coordinator of Disability
Services. But none of the
requests would be difficult to
incorporate in a class, and many
would benefit all students, not
just those who have a learning
disability. Incorporating a strong
organization, making detailed
descriptions of assignments
available, and allowing students
to record lectures could all be
part of the instructional design
of a course. In the same way that
dropped curbs and automatic
doors benefit more than those
with physical disabilities,
providing clear, detailed, and
accessible information can benefit
all students.
The dedication demonstrated by
these three students is admirable.
Each has had to adapt to an
educational setting that is, at
best, unfriendly, and sometimes
counterproductive, for a student
with a learning disability. Each
spends far more time reading and
preparing for class than many of
their fellow classmates. Years of
frustration, occasional failure,
and adjustment have taught
Trevor, Brandon, and Jody to be
resilient. Creative adaptation has
been the key to their individual
successes. Perhaps the actor and
playwright, Neil Marcus, has said
it best: “Disability is not a brave
struggle or ‘courage in the face of
adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s
an ingenious way to live.”
Jody Hamilton-Johnson
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