[Athen] RE: MatLab accessible?

Berger, Eileen eileen_berger at gse.harvard.edu
Wed Oct 12 13:34:10 PDT 2011

Dear Ahenians,

A senior student at Harvard , Kevin Mintz, a student with cerebral palsy who uses a screen reader, e-text and other tech. supports is writing a senior thesis and conducting the survey of students with severe physical and/or sensory disabilities similar to his. He would greatly appreciate your assistance in passing along his survey to your students. He is hoping to share his results with all of us in the spring but is having trouble getting a critical mass of students locally.

THANK YOU for helping him out!

Warm regards,
Eileen Connell Berger
Assistant Director
Office of Student Affairs,
Access and Disability Services Administrator
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Longfellow Hall 046
14 Appian Way,
Cambridge, Ma. 02138
phone: 617 495 5838
fax: 617 496 8024
bergerei at gse.harvard.edu<mailto:bergerei at gse.harvard.edu>
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From: Kevin Todd Mintz <KMintz at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:KMintz at fas.harvard.edu>>

Reply-To: Kevin Todd Mintz <KMintz at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:KMintz at fas.harvard.edu>>

Subject: Request for participation in senior thesis survey from Kevin Mintz

To: kmintz at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:kmintz at fas.harvard.edu>

Dear Student:

I am a senior at Harvard College majoring in Government and conducting my senior thesis research on the barriers students with severe physical and sensory disabilities encounter as they attempt to acquire the equal access to postsecondary education guaranteed to them under federal law. Regardless of abilities, most students face challenges in their academic course work after high school. Yet students with disabilities often face additional obstacles because of unique limitations arising from their conditions. As a student with a physical disability, I have faced many challenges in my own pursuit of a college degree. My research is motivated by the obstacles I have faced.

I am writing to you to invite you to participate in my study. Doing so would require you to complete a 20 to 30-minute online survey about your experiences as a student with a disability at a postsecondary institution. The survey will also ask about your experiences with certain federal and state government agencies that are designated to support students with disabilities pursuing postsecondary education. In order to participate, you must be a student with a physical, mobility, visual, or hearing impairment, age 18 or older, and currently attend a postsecondary institution. The survey is designed to be accessible to those who use a screen reader. At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to participate in an interview which will provide you with an opportunity to share your experiences in greater detail.

As a token of appreciation for your participation in the online survey, a $10 gift card from Amazon.com will be sent to your email address.

If you feel comfortable doing so, please forward this message to as many as five additional students who you feel may be eligible to participate. Please carbon copy kmintz at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:kmintz at fas.harvard.edu> on any such invitations so that I can keep track of the recruitment process.

By participating in this survey, you will not only be helping me complete my senior thesis but will have the opportunity to make a contribution to a piece of research that will hopefully inform scholars and policy makers about the challenges students with physical and sensory disabilities face as they work to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing members of their communities.

If you agree to participate, you can enter the following url directly into your web browser: https://harvard.psr.keysurvey.com/survey/384846/1731/.

Thank you for your support.


Kevin Mintz, A.B. Degree Candidate

Harvard College Class of 2012

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