Author: Caelyn Randall

Caelyn is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She is primarily interested in discourses of disability, especially as they are constituted by narratives of race, gender, sexuality and citizenship.

Receiving educational accommodations at schools of secondary education can be, and often is, an arduous process. The procedure for procuring accommodations almost always begins with visits to specialized doctors in order to provide documented proof of a disability. Students are usually offered specific educational accommodations based upon their diagnoses, along with interviews conducted by university staff with the goal of ameliorating educational gaps purportedly “caused” by disabilities. These offerings are usually formalized in writing through a letter or form that students provide to their instructors in order to receive the accommodations that have been offered to them by the university.…

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