So tonight I’m bouncing around MWCC’s website and looking at their academic programs. You know, doing that whole planning what I’m up to after January, which is my family’s and my agreed upon point at which I’m done with FSU
I was looking at their Computer Information Systems associate’s degree program, and saw something that I really liked. I liked it so much I had to go point it out to both my parents because it was just the coolest thing I’ve ever seen any college do.
If you go to MWCC’s CIS Program description and requirements you’ll see that under the helpful hints section it says the following.
The college’s adaptive computer lab, providing assistive technology for students
with disabilities, is available. Technical standards must be met with or without
You don’t see that at Fitchburg State. The only mentions you see of their adaptive computer lab are those on the section of the website pertaining to disability services. Yes, I searched. I looked. The only other things I found were their computer usage policies.
I said this to my parents and I have no problem saying it here. The fact that MWCC mentions their adaptive technology lab on other sections of their website makes me feel a lot more confident in their abilities, and more welcome there as a student. They want us to get mileage out of their services, and they don’t stick it in a little corner of their website and hope people are going to find it. As you’ve seen, they come right out and say this is available, go use it.
As a future student of theirs, I’ll say that in my opinion, the fact that they publicize their assistive technology lab in multiple places on their website makes me feel welcome there as a student. It makes me feel more confident in their abilities to provide the services I require, and provide the required materials in whatever format I may happen to request.
There have been times when I have specifically asked for one format, and asked that another format not be used, and my requests were either ignored or denied for whatever reason. As much as MWCC publicizes their adaptive lab, I somehow doubt that this will be an issue there. Even reading their academic program descriptions has made me more confident than I have been since high school, because I’m starting to see already that I’ll get what I need whichever discipline I choose. I won’t be told “You can’t do that. there’s too much math involved.” or “It’s too visual.” (Except for photography, but blind person with a camera is automatically a bad idea anyway. :P)
Anyway, those were just my observations for the evening. Maybe some of you will find them enlightening, maybe some of you will just think “Ugh, she’s rambling again.”