[nfbwatlk] Question about Testing Procedures

Jedi loneblindjedi at samobile.net
Wed Jan 28 07:45:20 UTC 2009

Actually, no. It doesn't surprise me in the least. If nothing else, 
I've learned that the disability profession can be more backward than 
general society sometimes.

Do you have this person's e-mail address? I thought about the cheating 
problem, too. I can always make sure my reader isn't someone who's read 
the text to me. Besides, aren't there plenty of ways a sighted student 
could cheat if they really wanted to? I feel confident enough with the 
material that it's a non-issue for me.

Anyone else?

Original message:
> I attended university when SSD offices were still a new idea. Electronic
> documents and word processing were still novel concepts, so I used readers
> all the time. I'm sure the reason she wants you to use a reader provided by
> the office is to protect against cheating. You could offer to take the test
> in the presence of a proctor. I often sat in the department secretary's
> office who proctored the exam for me. Other than the need to protect against
> cheating, I can't even imagine why anyone would care whether your reader was
> provided by the office or not. In fact, I would insist on providing a reader
> known to me. All readers are not created equal. What if the office provided
> a reader who was not competent to read the material in question? You should
> absolutely insist on having a reader whom you have worked with before
> because it would be a distinct disadvantage for you to have to train a
> reader during an exam.
> You might want to talk with Jim Marx of Montana. He runs a DSS and could
> tell you what the law says as well as suggesting procedures which would calm
> the nerves of your professor and the department chair.
> Isn't it interesting that it's the special ed department that's giving you
> trouble?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Jedi
> Sent: January 27, 2009 9:15 PM
> To: nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org
> Cc: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Subject: [nfbwatlk] Question about Testing Procedures

> Fellow Federationists:

> I would like your advice. I have decided to opt out of the SSD office
> at my university in most cases because it's not terribly efficient in
> helping blind students succeed in a timely and convenient fashion.
> generally speaking, I have been able to arrange appropriate
> accommodations without difficulty. Most teachers have been really
> helpful in providing tests and other homework in electronic format, or
> letting me decide who to work with and under what conditions. Recently,
> i began a class in Special education. The professor uses a test program
> that apparently doesn't allow for electronic tests usable by students
> in any fashion. So, I decided that hiring a reader would be
> appropriate. At first, my teacher agreed providing that I cover myself
> by giving her proof of my blindness such as an eligibility letter for
> voc rehab services. I was fine with that. Tonight however, she sent me
> an e-mail saying that she'd never had a student opt out of using SSD
> offices, so she asked a higher-up in her department if I could indeed
> use my own reader. Apparently, according to her, I cannot. Apparently,
> I am required to use SSD provided readers for this exam. I was under
> the impression that I am allowed to hire and utilize my own readers
> and/or choose not to utilize SSD support in my classes. I can
> understand why she would prefer me to use an SSD reader so as to guard
> against possible cheating. I, however, am perfectly fine not hiring the
> reader who ordinarily reads my textbook to me. i have a few readers to
> choose from. What are my rights in this situation? What are my options?
> What would you do if you were me? Thanks very much for your help.

> --
> REspectfully,
> Jedi


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