ADD_Pyrate_Gurl

08-28-12, 01:41 AM

Last year was my first year (back) in college and before hand I went to a Psychologist/Psychiatrist (which ever is the PhD.) to be re-diagnosed. I was diagnosed with 'Learning Disability Not Otherwise Specified' 'Mathematics Disability' and 'ADHD-Inattentive Type'. In the paperwork the Psychologist gave me with my diagnosis, in the Recommendations it says that for math computations I need the use of a calculator. So there's the sort of back story.

This is my second year at the college I'm currently enrolled at. I am in Math 120 (Intermediate Algebra) and on the first day of class, in the syllabus it said that Calculators were not allowed. I approached the instructor to let him know I had a math disability and ADD and that I need a calculator to do math. He kind of just brushed me off saying that 'there was nothing he would assign that needs a calculator'. I immediately went to my disability resources office, in tears, and asked them if it was possible to have an accommodation requiring me to have a calculator. They said they would work on it. I had my meeting today with the adviser and he wrote in that I needed a calculator. When I got into class, I gave him the accommodations form to read and sign. He had no idea what the form was first of all. I had to tell him it was an accommodations form. I had to explain all the accommodations (ie double time for tests, audio recording the lectures, and use of calculator). As soon as we got to Calculator usage, he crossed it out and said 'no, it is in the syllabus that you cannot use it.' So I told him that if had any questions about it to contact the disabilities office. I kept trying to tell him that I have a Math specific learning disability, that I have ADD, but it's like it went in one ear and out the other. I sat down in my seat and he went to start class, but then he excused himself then when he returned he asked me to stay after to talk with him.

After class, he told me that he talked with the Head of the Math Department and she had told him it was his discretion whether a calculator could be used or not. He said that it was in the syllabus his 'no calculator' rule and that I should have transferred to another class. However, at that point there were no more open classes that would fit my current schedule. I cannot simply drop the class all together because it would mess up my financial aid and my full time status.

Today I went to the disabilities office, but only the secretaries were in the office when my class let out. I told them he had refused the use of the calculator. I cried a bunch. So I guess what I want to know is if I have a leg to stand on in terms of being allowed a calculator. I know that the accommodations have to be 'reasonable' but I feel like since I have a math disability it is not unreasonable for me to use a calculator. My math instructor said that if he allowed me to use a calculator he would have to allow everybody to use a calculator. He thinks that a calculator would give me an advantage over the other students. He doesn't understand that I have a disability, which means I am disadvantaged compared to the other "normal" students, which means a calculator would put me on par with the other students but he doesn't understand. *sigh*

This is my second year at the college I'm currently enrolled at. I am in Math 120 (Intermediate Algebra) and on the first day of class, in the syllabus it said that Calculators were not allowed. I approached the instructor to let him know I had a math disability and ADD and that I need a calculator to do math. He kind of just brushed me off saying that 'there was nothing he would assign that needs a calculator'. I immediately went to my disability resources office, in tears, and asked them if it was possible to have an accommodation requiring me to have a calculator. They said they would work on it. I had my meeting today with the adviser and he wrote in that I needed a calculator. When I got into class, I gave him the accommodations form to read and sign. He had no idea what the form was first of all. I had to tell him it was an accommodations form. I had to explain all the accommodations (ie double time for tests, audio recording the lectures, and use of calculator). As soon as we got to Calculator usage, he crossed it out and said 'no, it is in the syllabus that you cannot use it.' So I told him that if had any questions about it to contact the disabilities office. I kept trying to tell him that I have a Math specific learning disability, that I have ADD, but it's like it went in one ear and out the other. I sat down in my seat and he went to start class, but then he excused himself then when he returned he asked me to stay after to talk with him.

After class, he told me that he talked with the Head of the Math Department and she had told him it was his discretion whether a calculator could be used or not. He said that it was in the syllabus his 'no calculator' rule and that I should have transferred to another class. However, at that point there were no more open classes that would fit my current schedule. I cannot simply drop the class all together because it would mess up my financial aid and my full time status.

Today I went to the disabilities office, but only the secretaries were in the office when my class let out. I told them he had refused the use of the calculator. I cried a bunch. So I guess what I want to know is if I have a leg to stand on in terms of being allowed a calculator. I know that the accommodations have to be 'reasonable' but I feel like since I have a math disability it is not unreasonable for me to use a calculator. My math instructor said that if he allowed me to use a calculator he would have to allow everybody to use a calculator. He thinks that a calculator would give me an advantage over the other students. He doesn't understand that I have a disability, which means I am disadvantaged compared to the other "normal" students, which means a calculator would put me on par with the other students but he doesn't understand. *sigh*