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Introducing Yourself

>> Introducing yourself to an instructor is the best way to start a conversation about something like your disability.  A good time might be during office hours or after class, but be sure your timing and location are appropriate.  You want to be relaxed, make eye contact and smile.  Say your name, class number, and when your class meets.
>> Excuse me.                                          
>> Yes.
>> Hi, Professor Flemming?
>> Yes.
>> Yes, my name is Amira Rose Schroeder I have you for chemistry on Monday nights.
>> Right.  We have an appointment.
>> Yeah. 
>> Have a seat? 
>> Thank you.
>> It's really important that the student take the time to pick the right time to talk to the professor.  It could be after class, it could be during the professor's office hours, whenever the student feels comfortable where there's not a lot of distraction.
>> So the student shouldn't be afraid.  They have the right, but we want to make it as convenient as possible for them, for the professor.
>> I try to get them when they have more time to talk about it, not right before class starts or right after class if they don't have time to talk.
>> Anything you are doing, in terms of approaching the professor, is hindering on your learning or the learning of your classmates around you or the professor's ability to really concentrate and talk to you and remember and listen to what you are saying, that's when you should really refrain from rushing the professor and talking to him about your accommodations or your disability.
>> Excuse me, Dr. Walker?
>> Yes.
>> Hi, I'm Becky.  I don't know if you have noticed me, you have such a big class; I usually sit in the back.
>> Yeah, I noticed you in the back.
>> I was wondering if you have a few minutes to talk.
>> Sure, what's going on?
>> Of course, it's good to make eye contact with the professor, to smile, to shake the professor's hand, if that's appropriate or if the student is able, and to maintain a positive tone with the professor, to convey enthusiasm.
>> My grandpop has always said, yo, I speak the language, I can go in and I can talk to my professor and say what I got to say and feel like nothing is being held back.
>> When I meet with professors I explain to them, not my expectations, but how to accommodate a deaf person in the classroom.  Sometimes they look at the interpreter like I'm not there; so I try and let the professor know, look at me when you are speaking to me.  It's a sign of respect.  To look away, I feel slighted.
>> I realize that different societies have different cultural norms in terms of eye contact, even the grammar that you use when you speak to someone.  I don't really put a lot of stock on the delivery of their information, but rather the timing of the information.
>> The student who takes it upon themselves to do this early in the semester rather than find themselves in possible trouble academically is going to be in much better shape to navigate through the semester.