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[IP] melissa's evil professor

it has not been that long since i've been out of college so your letter
really ticked me off too!! i am not a lawyer, nor do i have any legal
experience whatsoever, so the following info should be verified with a real
lawyer. the only knowledge i've gained is thru personal experience and thru
training service (hearing) dogs, i've had to learn the laws.
your professor is walking a thin line in violating your rights under the
americans with disabilities act. there is a website you can get more info-
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm and a toll free number to call
800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TDD). they provide free information and
technical assistance directly to businesses, non-profit service providers,
state and local governments, people with disabilities, and the general
public. you can call them and give them a general idea of the situation and
ask them if there's any legal ground you can stand on. also try calling the
amer. diabetes assc. (why do they have the same initials?)  i would strongly
urge you to contact your local amer. with disa. act enforcement office. they
would also be able to explain what rights you have and what your professor
should be doing to see that they're not violated. but please, i would start
with going to the people you were talking to at your school and seeing if it
can be resolved quickly thru them. like the other poster said, you need to
make sure he doesn't start making you give him notes to be allowed to
him giving you a hard time about testing during class needs to be worked
out. most schools are very willing to accommodate students, since we're such
a lawsuit happy society, most of the time things can be settled out of
court. it would look really bad in the newspapers if such and such school
was known to give a hard time to someone with health problems, now ,
wouldn't it? :)

to give you an example, right off the ada's website, is the explanation for
title II. which is what i think you fall under. to quote from

"ADA Title II: State and Local Government Activities

Title II covers all activities of State and local governments regardless of
the government entity's size or receipt of Federal funding. Title II
requires that State and local governments give
people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their
programs, services, and activities (e.g. public education, employment,
transportation, recreation, health care, social
services, courts, voting, and town meetings).
They also must relocate programs or otherwise provide access in inaccessible
older buildings, and communicate effectively with people who have hearing,
vision, or speech disabilities. Public entities are not required to take
actions that would result in undue financial and administrative burdens.
They are required to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices,
and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination, unless they can
demonstrate that doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the
service, program, or activity being provided."

now unless the professor can argue that you taking your test a day late and
enlarged "fundamentally alters the nature of the service, program or
activity" the guy needs to get a clue.

again, i'm no lawyer, so any misinterpretation is due to stupidity on my
good luck!!!! i know this is frustrating...
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