Although accommodations are available, college students with disabilities must advocate for themselves, to ensure that they have access to available services.
Donald Campbell had to prove that he was disabled so that he could be granted the extra time and assistance with writing on the LSAT exam required for law school. He didn’t think it would be difficult, since he has cerebral palsy and his disability is obvious.
“They needed my life history,” said Campbell. “I used to make fun of my mom for saving every piece of paper. But I needed it all. I kept thinking, if I could just send a video, it would be obvious.”
After two tries Campbell got the necessary LSAT score and was accepted into law school. He graduated in May, and is studying for the bar exam. The bar exam will also require accommodations. Campbell has had accommodations for his entire school life. He considers himself lucky that he lives in a time when people with disabilities can be accommodated in college and pursue a professional career.
“I am so glad I was born when I was,” he said. “There are laws now like the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the technology to help.”