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July 06, 2011

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Sorry to hear that FSU students had to resort to a legal case in their situation. My experience with the FSU staff of the office for students with diabilities when I was there (1989-98) was very positive and helpful. Key to successful accommodation is the ability of the students to make known what works for them and what doesn't, and the willingness of the professors to be flexible in the way students fulfill requirements of required classes.

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In the early 90's, I was an undergrad math tutor on another campus in another state. I was told that "to provide a reader who is familiar with the upper level mathematics gives an unfair advantage to the visually impaired student, as the reader will make corrections out of habit." I countered with "providing a reader who is NOT familiar with the upper level mathematics gives the visually impaired student an unfair disadvantage, when the visually impaired student gives the correct answer and the non-mathematical reader writes it incorrectly." It is sad that visually impaired students still have to fight to be treated equally!!

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