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As I understand it, the law requires "reasonable" accommodations.
Determining what is reasonable and what would fundamentally alter the
requirements of the course is the key here.  I think using notes probably
goes over the line of reasonable.

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kitcey, Barbara
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 8:53 AM
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Subject: Re: Test Accommodations

I don't think the faculty member has a choice in this instance. The law
provides for accommodations for people who have disabilities that are
documented properly. From the sound of your email, the student has
provided the documentation which would certainly fall within the time
restrictions required by law. Anyone not providing this student
accommodations would not only be unfair to the student but would be
breaking the law. Perhaps the student could arrange a separate time to
take the exam if the instructor is uncomfortable with only one student
using notes in his class while taking an exam.


Barbara Kitcey
Remediation Specialist
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
420 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Tel: (412) 291-6207
Fax: (412) 263-3715
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-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lois Martin
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 11:00 AM
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Subject: Test Accommodations

Hi, All,

Does anyone have a suggestion for mediating a situation in which faculty
members are reluctant to allow a student with traumatic brain injury to
use notes while taking tests and quizzes?

The injury occurred one year and seven months ago, and the report we
have on file is of an evaluation done approximately five months
afterward.

On a supplement to our disability accommodation request form, submitted
in March of this year, the last item under the category "Specific
Learning
Disability: Slowed mental processing and short term memory" says, "Use
of her personal class notes and handouts on quizzes and tests. (No old
homework or textbooks or old quizzes are to be used.)"
We are arranging for a note taker in each of her classes.

I appreciate the sharing of your insights.

Lois Martin
Academic Support Center Director
Goshen College
Goshen, IN 46526
574 - 535 - 7576
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