Learning Disabled Students - page 4

I'm in nursing school and recently found out that 2 students in my class are "Learning Disabled", meaning, they are allowed extra time to complete the tests, they receive extra help from instructors,... Read More

  1. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    I am merely showing that I can see why some nursing students would be upset at those that are receiving additional time, etc.
    See, and my point is that it doesn't matter what anyone else is doing. Do your own work and worry about your own self. The licensing process will take care of those who can't cut it.
  2. by   alliesgrammy
    I am currently a nursing student and let me tell I'd rather have me as a nurse than those who dont want to touch a patient in clinicallys because I at least have a caring and loving heart just because I have ADD doesnt mean I am careless, I will double check every thing I do. I dont get any special considerations for having ADD, I dont get any special treatment about test or anything else. If someone in our class wants to take 2 hrs longer to take a test the insturctors never say a word they do not have to have a LD to do so. I may be more cautious than others so I think thats in the pts favor. This is also why people dont say anything about LD because some people are always trying to slam us about something...
  3. by   Multicollinearity
    I guess what I'm saying, and I believe that if those that have a LD say that they can function the same when they are working....then on the same token...why do they need special accomodations in school?
    You don't seem to understand that the there is a fundamental difference in the academic setting of taking exams when one has a LD compared to functioning in the real work world. If your job consisted of taking exams 8 hours per day you would have a point. I don't understand all of the exact specifics, but I trust the experts who are authorities on this.

    I had to take extra time on exams this semester because I was on predisone at times and it slows my recall of newly learned information and my time calculating math. I have taken prednisone while working and while I didn't feel great, I wasn't impaired to work. I just had to be careful and double check my work. I didn't look impaired, I didn't look like a gork. Recalling new info for an exam uses different neuropsych functions than working does. Why you do not give deference to the experts who work in this area boggles my mind and makes me wonder why your arguments seem bent on excluding those with disabilities.

    I don't want anyone to misread this post at all. I am not against anyone with a LD having a career and even worked under a professor when I received my undergrad that was very creative in helping a severely sight impaired student take her tests, etc. Thank god for computers, is all I can say.

    I am merely showing that I can see why some nursing students would be upset at those that are receiving additional time, etc
    I don't really care if some nursing students are choosing to be arrogantly ignorant if a classmate has the accommodation of extra test time. I care about what the experts say and not locking those with disabilities out of society. Thankfully, our society has chosen to integrate those with disabilities by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act. The tenet of the ADA is that those with disabilities who are able to perform the essential functions of a job are able to do so with reasonable accommodations. I can only say that I support this 100%. So if a student with dyslexia or ADD needs an extra 30 minutes on exams to be a successful student and then later nurse, I say FANTASTIC. You seem to think they are getting an extra advantage. They are not. They are receiving reasonable accommodations under the law to help compensate for their disability. I really don't care to contribute more to this topic. I respect the rights of those with disabilities to receive accommodations to integrate them into society and jobs. You don't appear to; or you seem to be a skeptic who cuts your arguments against understanding the issue and against the experts and authorities on the issue.
  4. by   dmarie (GA)
    You seem to think they are getting an extra advantage. They are not. They are receiving reasonable accommodations under the law to help compensate for their disability.
    Will these same students receive accommodations under the law to help them compensate for their disability when they're working on the floor with patients?
  5. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from dmarie (GA)
    Will these same students receive accommodations under the law to help them compensate for their disability when they're working on the floor with patients?
    Have you read a single thing that has been said in the posts that were contributed by people with an LD? It seems to me as if this is going to be your response no matter what is said, so I wonder if anyone is going to trouble themselves with explaining yet again the purpose of accommodations and the difference between academic achievement and technical performance.
  6. by   dmarie (GA)
    It was an honest question. Sorry if you're taking offense. Do students with LD's get special accomodations on the NCLEX? Are they required to tell their potential employers about their LD? Are their employers required to provide special accomodations for their disability?

    Why can't I ask a question without every LD person freaking out? Go back and read my previous posts. I'm not saying people with LD's are unable to perform on the floor. And I'm not saying that people with LD's are less than intelligent.

    Relax, people, and let me ask a question. Geez. How is anybody supposed to learn more about this subject if you continue to get so defensive?
  7. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from dmarie (GA)
    It was an honest question. Sorry if you're taking offense. Do students with LD's get special accomodations on the NCLEX? Are they required to tell their potential employers about their LD? Are their employers required to provide special accomodations for their disability?

    Why can't I ask a question without every LD person freaking out? Go back and read my previous posts. I'm not saying people with LD's are unable to perform on the floor. And I'm not saying that people with LD's are less than intelligent.

    Relax, people, and let me ask a question. Geez. How is anybody supposed to learn more about this subject if you continue to get so defensive?
    The question has been asked and answered a number of times on this thread. Yes, if this person is capable of performing essential functions of the job, their employer will be expected to make "reasonable accommodations". This is black letter law. Yes, provided they qualify and produce the appropriate documentation they can be granted accommodations but not modifications on the NCLEX. No, I don't have a learning disability. How utterly presumptuous of you to imply otherwise.
  8. by   dmarie (GA)
    I wasn't referring to just you dear. I don't know if you are LD or not. But others in this thread have taken offense to my honest inquiries. How utterly rude of you to take attitude with my honest questions.

    But thanks for the response.
  9. by   suzy253
    [quote=dmarie (GA);1958223]
    Quote from dmarie (GA)
    Scary ain't it?

    Frankly, the only thing I find scarey is a lack of compassion.
  10. by   dmarie (GA)
    Give me a break.
  11. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from BSNtobe2009

    I am merely showing that I can see why some nursing students would be upset at those that are receiving additional time, etc.

    Any why are they upset because it is "not fair that they get more time!" pout pout. Life isn't fair, because if it was people would not have learning disabilities. Being unfair would be to deprive these people from their accommodations (like extra time). There is no reason some one should be denied a college degree (yes nursing included) because they have a learning disability. Until you (I use this word as a general term meaning any one) have a learning disability of some kind to deal with don't talk to be about what is not fair.
  12. by   smk1
    Quote from Suesquatch
    See, and my point is that it doesn't matter what anyone else is doing. Do your own work and worry about your own self. The licensing process will take care of those who can't cut it.
    This is how I feel as well usually.
  13. by   Multicollinearity
    What a sad, sad thread this has been for those who have ever had to use campus accommodations.
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Mar 28, '08

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