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Introduction to Access TU

>> I was always taught, like, the squeaky wheel got heard, it's like if something is a problem and you need it fixed you got to be the squeaky wheel and you will get heard.
>> Asking for help does not mean that, you know, you are, you know, incapable or you are a weak person, it just means that you are self-aware.
>> You know yourself the best.  So your ability to talk about a disability, if you have one, your needs, and all of that is instrumental in your success in the classroom.
>> It's very useful to have that information, to be informed; it's an easy thing for the student to do.
>> Whatever previously existing stigma that was attached to it is not as pronounced, if it is there at all.
>> With the frank discussion of what their needs are, realize that they are not getting any special treatment, they are getting the accommodations they need for a level playing field.
>> You have to ask for things that are needed.  If you haven't, if you don't have the gumption to ask, then the answer is always going to be no.  Maybe you will keep going forward and never really get what you need.
>> I am eligible.  I'm allowed to have these accommodations.  It's a right of mine and to get the best out of what I'm going to school for here at Temple, you know, I need to speak up for myself and, you know, ask for what I need.
>> These are skills that the student should generalize to other settings and hopefully are skills that the student will learn to use in life.
>> This is Access TU, Advocacy in Action, a tool for successful self-advocacy in higher education.