He wasn't receiving the accommodations he needed to succeed. We got him back on track to graduate. #AdvocacyMatters
April 26, 2019 / #AdvocacyMatters
Michael is a long-time nurse who is currently enrolled in a program to become a nurse practitioner. As a person who is hard of hearing, Michael requires speech-to-text technology and captioned videos to access class lectures and materials. When these accommodations were not provided, however, Michael began to struggle in class. As a result, Michael was going to have to retake some classes, which would delay his graduation by an entire year. Knowing that this delay would be detrimental, Michael reached out to Disability Rights Ohio.
A Disability Rights Ohio attorney contacted the school and was ultimately able to negotiate for the accommodations Michael needs. Now, Michael is getting ready to go back to class, confident in his access to accommodations and secure on his path to graduation. He is thankful for DRO's work, especially in understanding the unique challenges that he has faced.
For more information about the rights of people who are deaf and hard of hearing, including links to our ASL video resources, check out the Deaf / Hard of Hearing page in our Self-Advocacy Resource Center.