[Athen] Classroom Accommodations

McNamee, Bridget mcnameeb at wit.edu
Mon Mar 3 06:51:07 PST 2008

Good Morning All,
I have a situation that I would like to run by you. One of our
enrolled students for the Fall, 08 semester has disclosed himself as
morbidly obese. He does not use a wheelchair, but has difficulty
climbing stairs, etc. Our concern lies with the furniture even though
the student and his family have not expressed any concerns about this.
However, my colleagues and I feel that the student will have some issues
fitting in to some of the seating situations on campus. We are also
concerned about the weight capacity of the furniture. My question is,
do we arrange for alternative seating in advance of the students arrival
even though he has not asked for it, or do we wait for the student to
bring it up. We are trying to avoid any uncomfortable/embarrassing
moments but we do not want to make assumptions about what the student
needs because of the sensitive situation. Any advice would be helpful.

Bridget McNamee
Disability Outreach Specialist
Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-4998
(617) 989-4544

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