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Danny Freeman is a fourth year electrical engineering student who attends
Memorial University in Newfoundland. Although he’s faced challenges as a
student with Muscular Dystrophy, he had an extremely successful transition
from high school to post-secondary school.
Danny says he began to prepare himself mentally for the change of pace
in studying that post-secondary school brings, while he was still in high
school. To ensure a successful transition, he made sure to follow effective
work habits right from the beginning. He says he has worked hard to maintain
these habits throughout his time at university. Danny made sure he was
extremely organized, keeping track of his notes and assignments better at
university than he did in high school. He set up a special area in his room
where he put a desk and all his textbooks to create an effective, organized
workspace. He studies in a manner that compliments the type of course he is
taking. Depending on the needs of the course, he studies independently or in
a group. He divides his time according to the requirements of each course.
Danny says he hasn’t had to ask for very many accommodations at university.
He deals directly with professors in order to write his exams in a quiet
room with an accessible desk. Most professors have been very accepting and
helpful regarding his accommodations.
He is presently the treasurer of MUNDISC, the group for students with
disabilities on Memorial’s campus. His involvement with the organization
began the summer after his first year. “At first it was hard to make new
friends at university,” Danny says. “But after joining this group, it really
made me feel part of the university experience”. He says his time with
MUNDISC allows him to take a break from his studies and relax. “It was
really nice to have a peer support system and people around who understand
my differences and struggles.”
Danny advises students with disabilities who would like to attend postsecondary
school to “get involved with student groups on campus, and make
sure you have good organizational skills and allow yourself the time you
need for each course.”