Chrystal is entering a first-year geology program. She has some muscle weakness because of a form of muscular dystrophy. This affects her dexterity and makes it slow and effortful for her to write. She uses a laptop to take notes in class and to write exams.
In her second semester, Chrystal has geology lab classes. She goes to talk to her Disability advisor, who arranges for them to have a tour of the laboratory with the instructor and lab technician. Chrystal has an opportunity to try the different lab equipment and identify tasks that will be challenging for her. She decides that she will be able to complete most lab activities with minimal assistance, which can be provided by the lab technician. They look through the lab schedule. One lab test requires detailed graphing, so her Disability Advisor arranges for a scribe to be available so that Chrystal can complete the activity.
Chrystal takes her written exams in a separate setting with the use of a computer and word prediction software. The Disabilities Office coordinates with her instructors to make sure that she does not have more than one exam per day.
College is still very tiring for Chrystal and she has to sleep a lot on weekends. She is grateful to her Geology Instructor, who grants her extensions on two of her assignments, reducing her stress levels at a busy time in the term. At the end of her semester, she passes all her courses, but thinks that she might take a reduced course load next semester!