My son is close to graduating. One of the classes required for his degree is a communications class(speech). He has a generalized anxiety disorder diagnosis. He is enrolled in student disabilities with an ADHD diagnosis. After taking the speech class for theTHIRD time, we went to student disabilities to see if they could help. They said they needed the g.a.d. diagnosis, which we gave them. We met with the student disabilities coordinator, who said they could give him a class to replace the speech class, or waive it altogether. That meeting took place a year ago. The guy still hasn’t checked into it yet. He is saying now that my son will probably have to take the class to graduate. He says that EVERYBODY has to take it. According to section 504 “modifications may include...substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements”. My problem is that there is NO WAY my son can complete this class. I have already paid for it three times. He completed all the work and wrote and memorized all the speeches every time, and every time he would be dressed in a suit with note cards in hand, but could not go through with it. He would get hysterical. The guy from Stu. Dis. Doesn’t understand. He acted like my son should just suck it up and give the speech. I don’t know what qualifies him as student disabilities coordinator if he can’t even understand how debilitating anxiety attacks can be. I graduated from the same school in1985. I had the exact same problem with the exact same class. I dropped it after 2weeks. It was required for my degree but I got lucky and they let me substitute another class. Otherwise I would not be a teacher today, and that would be terrible. I have decided to go to the state level for help, but I don’t know who to contact. We live in AL. My son needs to apply for graduation next month, but he can’t as long as this is hanging over him. If anyone can help, I would really appreciate it. Also, my son had to sign paperwork to allow me to discuss this with the school. What will I need to do to discuss this with others? It will ruin my son’s future, along with his self esteem, if he can’t graduate because of this one class. He has worked SO hard.51 replies
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