August 27, 2012 by badacademic2
I mentioned in my previous post that Disability Offices are used to dealing with undergrads.
Faced with grad students, they often are at a loss. Part of the problem?
The nebulous status of grad students. Not quite students, not quite employees. They are both. Funnily enough, what they are classified as varies depending on who benefits. Usually not the student.
Disability Offices usually aren’t used to this. Employees have little to no ADA protection in practice. Your employer can be “kind” in offering accommodations, but is not required to. Example, a professor-friend with a physical disability that had classes scheduled back to back, across a hilly campus.
As a grad student? What if a class is not accessible to you? The classroom can be changed to be accessible. What if the place or time is not accessible because of your disability? Well if you’re me, you are advised to choose other classes. Because clearly your academic choices should be limited thusly.