Deaf Visiting Student Says She Was Denied Interpreter at UC Berkeley
Nancy Barker, a deaf Canadian visiting student researcher at UC Berkeley, says she was denied interpreting services by the campus’s Disabled Students’ Program, or DSP, the Daily Californian reports.
Barker says she came to Berkeley for the 2016-17 academic year to work on her doctoral dissertation in ecological sciences and conservation. When she arrived, she says she was told that the school was not prepared to accommodate her needs.
DSP Director Karen Nielson said in an email that “(Visiting students) are not considered Berkeley students … so their accommodations are handled by the department that hosts them.”
Barker said that until she gained access to an interpreter, she had no idea what research her lab mate was conducting despite having sat next to him every day.
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