Educational accommodations

I’ve recently found myself in an interesting situation. I’m about to start a distance-learning degree, and it’s the first time I’ve entered education with a formal diagnosis behind me. Suddenly I’m being inundated with help and accommodations that I don’t know what to do with!

It’s strange. The only experience I have with education is that when I have zero accommodations, it’s clearly not enough. But I don’t actually know what kind of accommodations I do need, or how much will be enough. So I’m having to try and imagine what things might help me, when I don’t actually have any evidence for it. Most people my age who are starting a degree will have plenty of history to rely on: “In college, they gave me an extra week on all my assignments”, for example.

But I don’t have that. All I have is a history of a few desperate attempts to get me to attend my exams by offering me the chance to sit in a smaller room or take a break. None of which were particularly effective by themselves.

The other complicating factor is that distance-learning is already very different from any education I’ve had before, so I can’t directly compare it to my previous experiences. Usually the most stressful aspect of education is sitting in lessons themselves – and there won’t be any lessons this time.

I’m left doubting whether I will actually need any accommodations at all  – or whether the different experience will be enough to help me cope. Only time will tell, I suppose.

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  1. I found this post very interesting. I was recently (June 2015) diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and my employers were keen to make adjustments at work that would enable me to remain employed but I had no past experience to use to decide which adjustments would benefit me! We’ve put a few fairly generic things into place, such as providing me with a mentor and ensuring that there are certain times/places/ways to tell me if there will be a change in my job role, but fortunately my employers accept that my “list of adjustments” will need to be developed over time, as and when difficulties arise…..

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