Nevada's Higher Ed System Discriminates, Deaf Student
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 26, 2004
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--A former university and college student has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Nevada's higher education system, claiming the schools did not give her the accommodations she needed to be successful.
Button, 34, has been deaf since she was an infant, according to a story in Monday's Las Vegas Review-Journal.
She attended Community College of Southern Nevada for two years beginning in 2000, graduating with an associate degree. She then went on to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for one year, until she moved last year to Cortland, New York.
Button alleges in her discrimination suit that, while the schools did provide a sign language interpreter for her to communicate with instructors and students, the note-takers that were assigned to her were too slow, did not provide her with thorough enough notes, or simply failed to show up.
"Deaf students like myself need to watch the interpreter all the time," she told the Review-Journal via an Internet-based text messaging system. "I cannot take my eyes off from the interpreter or the information will be missed. That is where the . . . note taking or transcription services come into play to record everything that would help me study efficiently."
Button, who plans to attend the State University College at Cortland next fall, is asking Nevada authorities to remove the low grades from her transcripts.
A CCSN student services official told the paper that, while they make every attempt to accommodate students with disabilities, they "can't make life perfect for them."
"Deaf student sues university system, alleges mandated services denied" (Las Vegas Review-Journal)