Help is Here When You Need It

Want to know what Case Disability Resources has to offer? We spoke with Mark and Maya, two Case students that recently have been involved in the program.

Mark Mark, Civil Engineering Student

Getting help with time management can make a world of difference if you have a learning disability. Just ask Mark, a Case student who discovered help through the Case Disability Resources office.

Mark chose not to be retested for his disability when he first arrived at Case. He tried to manage his course schedule on his own, but he had a hard time getting through his first semester. Mark asked for assistance during the following semester and has been getting good grades ever since.

"I realized something wasn't right, and that's not how I should have approached it," he says. "When I got involved with the staff in Disability Resources, they were very accepting, very encouraging. It was fun for me to become a part of the Case community."

Mark received assistance from staff, who helped him plan his class schedule. He also was advised on addressing his professors so he could receive additional guidance and special arrangements for class exams. He also worked with tutors that are available through Educational Services for Students, and he continues to work with them whenever he needs additional help.

"These resources have been a reason for my success," Mark says. "They helped me set up a routine that works. They made arrangements so my classes wouldn't overload me. They went out of their way to find a tutor for me."

Mark recommends that other students learn more about the resources that are available before getting on the wrong track like he did. He had worried what other students might think and realized that it caused him more harm than good. "Don't be timid about the program," Mark says. "I was apprehensive too, but then I saw how helpful all the professors were. And other kids? They don't care. They don't look at me differently. They didn't even notice."

Maya Maya, Psychology Student

When Maya first came to Case, she had no idea there was a place she could turn to for help. "I found out about it from one of the girls on my hall floor," Maya explains. "I had no idea Case had all of these resources available. They have a really nice program."

Maya has Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the heart, lungs, and ligaments. She often has trouble walking across campus or navigating her way around stairs and elevators. She was first diagnosed with the illness when she was 8 years old.

Maya didn't want college life to pose a challenge and soon discovered that help was available from Case Disability Resources. The staff assisted Maya with her on-campus housing needs and helped her manage her class schedule to make things easier.

Maya was pleased to learn that Case professors would accommodate her needs, and that they took the time to better understand the challenges she faced on a daily basis. She also appreciated the help she received from transportation services at Case. "I have problems using stairs, so transportation is really useful to me," she said. "All I have to do is call security and let them know where I'm going to be, or where I need to go. They even take me to my doctor's appointments when I need help."

Maya encourages other students to take advantage of the program and wished she had known about the resources sooner. "It's OK to take advantage of it because you don't have to figure out how to do things on your own," she says. "College is stressful enough, so now you have one less thing to worry about."