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Can someone who's mute or has difficulty speaking attend college?

thomas4881thomas4881 Registered User Posts: 167 Junior Member
Can someone who's mute or has difficulty speaking attend college? A lot of the colleges in California require a speech class. Would a person who's mute or can hardly speak be able to get a waiver to a speech class?

Replies to: Can someone who's mute or has difficulty speaking attend college?

  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 21,469 Senior Member
    Yes. There would be an accommodation made under ADA. It doesn't mean they don't have to take speech, but would have accommodations.
  • AroundHereAroundHere Registered User Posts: 3,600 Senior Member
    If the student is mute due to a medical disability, they should look into schools known to be supportive of student with disabilities. It wouldn't just be one speech class: Many courses require classroom discussions.
  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 4,587 Senior Member
    Online options would be great in this case. And real schools. Not for profit ones. All discussions happen on blackboard or other sites like that. Take a few classes on campus that are more like lectures and go to some of the sports and get involved. Also check to see if they have accommodations for dorms and other issues.
  • zannahzannah Registered User Posts: 1,089 Senior Member
    Yes students can apply and succeed with accommodations. For example, some students who are deaf require interpreters who voice their statements.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 2,044 Senior Member
    Back in the day I went to school with a deaf-mute student. He ended up earning his MBA from Wharton, so no issues there.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,695 Forum Champion
    Also a person could use some kind of speech generating device ala Stephen Hawking
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