Hey guys, it's Adam.
Like many of you, when I got back from Iraq, I went back to school.
And going back to school with a brain injury
is a little bit different than going back to
school after a deployment like every other student.
And I started to find myself having troubles
with memory and reading comprehension
and the time it took to write a paper, the time it took to find references,
and kind of go back and fact check my paper.
So one thing that I found helpful, which quite honestly took a lot of courage,
it's not something that you would normally do,
but I went ahead and approached the school's disability accommodation office,
and kind of explained my situation,
explained that when I was in Iraq I got hit by a mortar,
and essentially I'm a little slow on the draw.
I'm running a little bit slower than some other people.
And so they asked me very politely
to bring them back some documentation from the doctor,
which I did, it's really no problem.
But what they did once I brought that back was they
tailored an individualized accommodation plan for me,
and then they notified the professors,
both my current professor and my future professors
so that they were aware this person has an accommodation,
and for me it was your authorized double time on tests and papers.
And so what that allowed me to do was to take the extra time I needed to
fill out the paperwork, find the citations, thinks like that.
I definitely recommend that you do that as well.
To get started all you need to do is approach your
disability accommodation office at the school
and let them know kind of what's going on with you,
and they will kind of guide you from there.
They'll also notify your teacher, which helps.
It helped with me, but I think it will help with you as well
because it's never fun to have that awkward conversation
with your professor and say hey, I need more time on a paper.
I mean you're going to look like a slacker.
And so this offers an alternative
where they send a letter first,
they notify the teacher through the administration,
and then what I do is I go afterwards and connect with the teacher
and say hey, I just wanted to let you know about this,
and so that kind of has a duel affect.
And it has the effect of one, the administrative piece from
the school saying this person is authorized an accommodation,
but it also has the personal piece from you the student
saying although this accommodation came from through,
here is kind of what happened, here's my story,
I'm definitely not trying to play the system,
and I'm going to try to do my best
so I may not use double time on tests
and I'm always going to try my best, but if I have to,
you already know about the administration piece.
So having that awkward conversation I found is really helpful,
and I think it really helps you focus
and not stress so much about the assignment
and really focas on the work.
I hope it's equally helpful for you, thanks.