Deaf student reports that UC Berkeley didn’t provide an interpreter

She has requested a semester extension for her dissertation

Nancy Barker, a deaf student currently attending UC Berkeley, says that the university did not provide her with sufficient access to an interpreter.

Nancy Barker is a visiting student from Canada at UC Berkeley currently finishing her PhD. in Ecological Sciences and Conservation.

She says that for almost the entirety of last semester, she did not have an interpreter. She was given one for a short time, only for their time with her to be cut from 21 hours a week to 8 hours.

Barker says that her dissertation is in jeopardy and she has requested that the university allow her to extend her stay an extra semester.

Barker toldĀ KTVU, “A student in a wheelchair, who provides the ramps? A person who is blind, who provides a book in braille? It’s the same thing for a deaf person”.

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