Last updated on November 13, 2019
CT: What’s up everybody, on today’s episode of Yo, is this accessible? We have a great interview with our buddy Griffin from the University of Scranton and we’ll have a discussion he uses a hearing aid and we get to talk to him a little bit about the kind of interactions he’s had with the staff on campus there and how they’ve helped him and where he thinks they may be able to improve and then we’ll be able to get everybody in studio and have a little conversation ourselves about hearing accessibility and how we see Saint Joe’s being able to improve based on our findings with the interview with Griffin, so without further adieu let’s get on with the episode
CT: Alright folks, now we’ll move on to the interview portion of Yo, is this accessible? And we have on a Senior at Scranton University, Griffin Mulvahill, Griffin, thanks for coming on the show.
G: Yeah, absolutely. Thanks for having me.
CT: Griffin you’ve been using a hearing aid now all of your life, or was this more of a recent thing?
G: So I got my first hearing aids in the seventh grade, they weren’t very comfortable so I refused to wear them, but I got this new pair in the beginning of my Junior year, so the Summer of 2018 I believe and I had them since
CT: Okay, gotcha, so is there anything in terms of the University of Scranton that they have in place for you, that when you first went to the school you were kind of impressed by that was already in place that you didn’t really have to ask for accommodations in terms of?
G: Yeah, they have what’s called the CTLE learning center and they basically provide a bunch of different types of help for any student with any kind of disability whether it be learning or any type of anything.
CT: These are people that you were in contact before school or was it something you had to seek out once you got there?
G: It was something that I seeked out once I got here.
CT: Gotcha. In terms of classrooms, have you ever had an experience where you had a hard time hearing or asked the professor to enunciate or potentially use a microphone?
G: A couple of my professors had a language barrier, so the average student wouldn’t understand. I would let my professor know I had a hearing aid. Some of the hearing aids are even Bluetooth and I control them with my phone. So, I would let my professors know that if they saw me with phone out in class, this is what I’m doing..turning up/down the volume. I never ran into a professor having a problem with that.
CT: So you mentioned a language barrier, what is your first language?
CT: Why would you have a language barrier then?
G: If a professor has an accent or from an international country.
CT: Oh, so if they had an accent or something… I get what you’re saying. Do you have any suggestions for the University of Scranton or universities in general about they better can accommodate students that have hearing disabilities or use hearing aids…just like smaller things that people wouldn’t consider right off the bat, but seem obvious to people that need it?
G: I think awareness or openness of the options that they do have. It took me a while to find the options I do have in terms of help, So, openness or awareness from the Universities would be it for me.
CT: Ok that makes sense, so did you have any friends or anyone you know of to do more seeking out in terms of any disability. Hearing, learning physical mobility around campus?
G: One of my friends, he plays sports. He has had a couple of concessions at this point. So he has needed to work through them and that is pretty much the only other experience I have had.
CT: Okay and in terms of the University of Scranton how would you say by ranking them in a scale 1-10 with ten being the absolute best and one being in need of serious improvement. As a whole, on getting around campus and all disability in general what would you rank them at?
G: Personally, I would rank them at a nine.
CT: Wow, that is excellence! Is there anytime that you where at Scranton that you were particularly impressed and maybe not limited to Scranton but in general in your experiences of academy were you impressed by a system that was in place for someone maybe with a hearing disability or any disability in general?
G: Yeah, the CTOE program that they have they offer anytime of disability that you have. Like extra time taking an exam, or extensions on projects. You can go through them and you can take your exam there with them. More than the allowed class time for your exam.
6:00 CT: Okay and from your experience or what you know, is that something that seems like a lot of hoops to jump through? They’ve made it easier for students who have learning disabilities, get like extra time on exams. Do you get the idea that that is something kids have to do in advance and outside work for? Or is it readily available for anyone who needs it?
G: It seems pretty much available. I’ve had countless classes, especially math and science classes where students, 3 or 4 at a time they use the disability program to take these exams.
CT: Okay yeah. That’s a good sign. We love to hear that. That’s all we have for you today, and we appreciate you coming onto the show, it was a big help and thanks for your time.
G: Ya absolutely thank you.