Beyond the stereotype: My experience with Disability Services

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Over the past two years, I have had to come to terms with some things about myself that I had no idea I would have to deal with in any serious way.

I am moderately dyslexic.

This poses some problems in college, especially in regards to my major. I am a print journalism major, and I have always loved to write, but it has never been particularly easy.

The moment I realized it was becoming detrimental to my success in college was the day I missed points on a very easy quiz. The quiz took no more than ten minutes, but when my professor read the questions aloud, I realized that what I had read compared to what was actually written was simply completely incorrect. I lost points because I hadn’t accepted that I needed help, which is what prompted me to begin looking into Disability Services.

Disability Services is a department that assists those with disabilities in overcoming challenges they face in a college setting. The process for applying for Disability Services for me was simple. You can either visit their office in Do c Bryan where they will help you with the application, or go to their page on the Tech website and apply online.

I applied online and within 24 hours of applying, I had gotten a response to my application.

It had been accepted.

They even offered to schedule my appointment via email, making the process even less stressful. Within a week, I was able to see someone in the department to discuss my options.

In my case, they provided screen-reading software to assist in catching errors in my writing, and offered to help me get eBook versions of all my textbooks so I would always be able to hear my textbooks instead of trying to read them myself.

We also ended up discussing my struggle with anxiety, which led to Holli Weiss, the director of testing and disability services, walking me down to the Health and Wellness Center to schedule a counseling appointment.

So far, I have only had the opportunity to work with Weiss and Ashlee Leavell, who is the coordinator of disability services. Both were incredibly understanding and listened to my concerns, offering solutions and reminding me that if I ever need additional support, I can always come back to see one of them.

My experience with Disability Services was incredibly positive and I regret not taking action to help myself sooner. If you need assistance, don’t be afraid to reach out.

Disability Services is located in Doc Bryan, Suite 141. You can call the office at (479) 9680302, or find them online at atu.edu/disabilities.

Elexis Harper
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I am a neuroatypical writer, photographer, and artist. I love animals and I have a cat and a service dog in training. My job at the Arka Tech and my art shop are my two passions, even though it means I’m always busy!
Contact me at elexis.harper@gmail.com.