September is the month that most people in the U.S.A. go back to school. Teachers and students are in school teaching and learning.
I had to think about accomodations when I decided to go back to my school for the Spring semester. It was a first for me. I have always resisted the idea of SMI making me different and did not want “special treatment.”
We’ll, it’s time to face reality that I have to work with systemic aids because there are plenty of systemic barriers. The University system and the world has come a long way since people with SMI were denied access. There’s still a long way to go.
The University which I chose has a resource center for people with disabilities. I have to go check it out. I have to ask for closeness to the door and frequent breaks. My doctor suggested more time to complete tests.
“Accomodations” are helps for people with disabilities to ensure that we are able to complete the assignments that people who do not have the same disability. A person with limited vision might need to be seated near the front of the class, for example. I am supposed to take breaks because I have a bio-chemical imbalance in my brain that makes it difficult to concentrate after 30 minutes. I just have to get up and look at something else, then I can get back to work.
It might just be a big illusion because I might not be able to get into the University because of the quality of my entrance package. My paper might not be good enough to grant me admittance. I am doing my paper on Using Literature to Cope with PTSD.
The paper builds upon research out there concerning people who have experienced a trauma heal better with Art, Music or Occupational Therapy. I just want to write about how Literature helps people, too. Reading and the Study of Letters has always been helpful for people.