Thanks all and goodbye....

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 4:55am
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I have been lurking around this site for a while. I as some of you know am a counselor for students with disabilities at a state university and funny thing is just today someone was asking about reasonable accommodations for a peanut allergy in a college classroom. Thanks to you all here i was able to answer that question and discuss airborne reactions. I have learned a great deal from you all.

I have been working on my PhD part time for a while. Well..... I took my darned GRE (I didn't need it for my MSW) .... applied for the actual program..... got accepted...... and my plan was to continue working getting my classes paid for by the university where I work and so forth.... .

However, I applied for financial aid..... and I have been talking to my husband and basically we have come to the decision that I am going to leave my job after this semester...... I am going to use loans, get some adjunct faculty teaching positions and go to school full time.

When I am finally done, I will have a second Masters Degree.... AND a PhD. I will be one of a handful of profoundly Deaf PhD's in the country.

I am registered for four classes for the fall
Sociological Methods
Sociological Theory
Proseminar in Sociology
Social Stratification (one of my focus areas)

But now I am a nervous wreck.... I put the finishing touches on my resume..... I am putting together my references and I haven't given notice yet but I will get that letter done this week....

I am soooo excited and soooo nervous at the same time.

In either case the long and short of it is that I am going to be saying goodbye to all of you.... and a big thank you for making this disabilities counselor more aware.

Good luck with all of the munchkins and fight the good fight.

Stephanie

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 6:41am
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GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 7:31am
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Awesome! Best of luck to you!
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mom to Ari(5) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (8), mild excema

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 1:07pm
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I am really encouraged that you took the time to be a part of our community.
My son will be a freshman at a university this fall. We just talked with our disablity coordinator last week for accomodations to live in the dorms. He asked for a room with permission to use a toaster oven and a microwave and a nearby sink for washing dishes preferable NOT in a bathroom. (we didn't ask for permission to use a fridge since I know that is something allowed). We're still waiting to hear from housing and food services to see if they'll agree to it. My son is allergic to peanuts, treenuts, coconut, shellfish, MILK (probably his most severe allergy) and eggs - it will be VERY VERY difficult for him to feel safe eating in a cafeteria.
Now we're thinking he needs to have a car on campus so that he doesn't ever feel trapped there without safe food. Have you ever heard of anyone asking for a parking permit as part of their accomodation? Parking is like $1200 for the three quarters and he probably wouldn't feel like he needed it if it weren't for the fact he doesn't think he'll be able to eat on campus and if he unexpectedly runs out of his safe pantry. Is that unheard of??
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Jana
[url="http://www.seattlefoodallergy.org"]www.seattlefoodallergy.org[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 9:58pm
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Fantastic news! Thank you for coming here and being part of our community. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Wishing you all the best,
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 1:09am
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Where the accommodation would be is that he would be allowed to have a car whereas other students may not be.... for example
Many colleges and universities do not allow freshman or 1st year students to have cars due to parking issues that it seems every college has. So the accommodation would be allowing your son to have a car when other students might not be allowed to have the car. However, he would still have to pay the fees and permitting to have the car.
However, it wouild be up to the college to determine if that were a reasonable accommodation and I would almost think that depending on the college they might say it is not. If you are within walking distance of groceries or other places to buy foods, they might say he doesn't need a car however, as with all documentation. The more specific details that are written into his documentation, the better. If a doctor very clearly states that a student needs a car in the documentation, we aren't going to deny it. If it is vague then it gives the disabilities office more room to waiver.
So in a nutshell have everything EVERY LITTLE THING that you want in writing by the doctor.
S

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 6:41am
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GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 7:31am
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Awesome! Best of luck to you!
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mom to Ari(5) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (8), mild excema

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 1:07pm
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I am really encouraged that you took the time to be a part of our community.
My son will be a freshman at a university this fall. We just talked with our disablity coordinator last week for accomodations to live in the dorms. He asked for a room with permission to use a toaster oven and a microwave and a nearby sink for washing dishes preferable NOT in a bathroom. (we didn't ask for permission to use a fridge since I know that is something allowed). We're still waiting to hear from housing and food services to see if they'll agree to it. My son is allergic to peanuts, treenuts, coconut, shellfish, MILK (probably his most severe allergy) and eggs - it will be VERY VERY difficult for him to feel safe eating in a cafeteria.
Now we're thinking he needs to have a car on campus so that he doesn't ever feel trapped there without safe food. Have you ever heard of anyone asking for a parking permit as part of their accomodation? Parking is like $1200 for the three quarters and he probably wouldn't feel like he needed it if it weren't for the fact he doesn't think he'll be able to eat on campus and if he unexpectedly runs out of his safe pantry. Is that unheard of??
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Jana
[url="http://www.seattlefoodallergy.org"]www.seattlefoodallergy.org[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 04/11/2006 - 9:58pm
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Fantastic news! Thank you for coming here and being part of our community. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Wishing you all the best,
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 1:09am
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Where the accommodation would be is that he would be allowed to have a car whereas other students may not be.... for example
Many colleges and universities do not allow freshman or 1st year students to have cars due to parking issues that it seems every college has. So the accommodation would be allowing your son to have a car when other students might not be allowed to have the car. However, he would still have to pay the fees and permitting to have the car.
However, it wouild be up to the college to determine if that were a reasonable accommodation and I would almost think that depending on the college they might say it is not. If you are within walking distance of groceries or other places to buy foods, they might say he doesn't need a car however, as with all documentation. The more specific details that are written into his documentation, the better. If a doctor very clearly states that a student needs a car in the documentation, we aren't going to deny it. If it is vague then it gives the disabilities office more room to waiver.
So in a nutshell have everything EVERY LITTLE THING that you want in writing by the doctor.
S

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