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Accommodating Disability: UDL@UVM

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Published on Nov 6, 2009

http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/universaldes...

UDL@UVM (Universal Design for Learning at the University of Vermont)



Accommodating Disability transcript:

For me, my frontal lobe injury kind of impairs that ability to step back and figure out what is the big picture of what I'm doing. I went back to Middlebury college 6 months after my injury and my friend asked me, who went to college with me there, "Would anyone have been able to tell you, 'No, you can't go here'?" and I said, "No," because you're stuck in your own head and I wouldn't have had the ability to contextualize what was happening to me, what was different with me. I didn't get what it was, what accommodations I needed to go to school yet, or live alone in a dorm, and it crashed and burned because of that. You have to kind of understand your disability and I didn't, 4 years ago, 3 years ago, 2 years ago I did some. Um, like. 7..., 5..., 14 months ago, I got the ability to think objectively. That was a new ability that I recognized that I developed that allowed me to think about my situation. You hear accommodations and usually that would be something that you have to do to remedy something that's wrong. My accommodations I get joy out of them. So It's using the exam proctoring center, it's getting note taking, it's keeping my room very organized, it's printing out my syllabus and having it on the wall. None of them are that big. But the big thing is... is not... if you think about the accommodations, physically doing them, they're very, really in the big picture, small things. It's having to accept that you need them. And that's the big difference. That's the big thing. So the accommodations themselves aren't that life changing or aren't that strenuous or anything like that. But embracing them and to embrace them you have to admit that you need them and only through that will you be okay with doing them and enjoy doing them. That's the bigger part that I've learned, that I'm really I'm very happy that I've learned.

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