[Athen] Classroom Accommodations

Ron Stewart ron.stewart at dolphinusa.com
Mon Mar 3 09:24:02 PST 2008

I think the prudent thing to do would be to have it available upon need and
it should be a standard part of every facilities plan in my opinion. It
would also be a great step forward to have a variety of seating options
available in our classrooms.

I know I don't typically fit into those wonderful student desks in most

Ron Stewart

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of McNamee, Bridget
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2008 9:51 AM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Classroom Accommodations

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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