Its a question I am asking myself, when do I give up trying to help members of the course team understand me?
I have been studying the universities student complaints procedure, I don’t want to use it, but I am seriously running out of options.
It would be true to say that right now things have reached a crisis point, things should not have got to the stage where a lecturer and myself are shouting at each other across a lecture theater. I am sure many of you reading this are fully aware of the situation I was put in on Wednesday, I am not an aggressive person, but when I am shouted at because a so-called lecturer does not possess any understanding of my disability I have to defend myself.
The access issues I have faced since being at university have somewhat surprised me, I always knew that I would face challenges and access issues but I hoped that lecturers would work with me not against me to smooth any issues.
I am having one final attempt at solving these issues informally. Next week I will be having a number of meetings with members of the course team, if things cannot be sorted out then it will be time to start the formal stage of the official complaints procedure.
I am going to end this blog entry with a somewhat desperate plea, I consider myself to be an independent person but I cannot continue the way things are at the moment, I would ask others to speak out about the way I am forgotten if they witness what is going on.
I do this in understanding that many of you do not feel able to speak out on my behalf for fear of being patronising, I promise you I will not take that view point, if you feel able to act please do. I need as many people to hammer the message home, if lecturers will not listen to me or the disability support people then my only hope is to irritate them into compliance.