I’m Anna*. I’m 22 years old and have experienced learning disabilities all my life. I called DisAbility Rights Idaho after the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) closed my case. I was getting services from IDVR to help me with college. My original goal was to complete a college certificate program at Idaho State University.
When I finished the certificate program, I realized I was only seven credits away from an Associate of Arts degree. I knew I’d have a lot more job opportunities with an AA degree instead of a certificate, so I asked IDVR to help me get an AA degree. IDVR said no, because I had already completed what they said they would pay for, and I was having a lot of trouble passing a math class required for the AA degree. When they said no, I knew I still wanted to go for it, but I was afraid because I didn’t think I’d have the supports I needed to be successful and graduate.
I talked to advocates at DRI, who talked to IDVR. They told DRI that they were concerned I had taken the required math class three times and not passed it. They said since I couldn’t graduate without it, they were not going to pay for other credits that may not lead to a degree.
So DRI changed gears and started working with Idaho State University and got me a waiver for the math class! I successfully completed all my other required courses and graduated from Idaho State with my Associate of Arts degree.
*Name changed to protect privacy.