Xavier Magazine

Leveling the Field of Dreams

Joyce Rogers was facing a dilemma. The graduate student, who is legally blind, needed to write a paper on Samuel Johnson’s play The Alchemist, but an audiocassette of the book wasn’t available. That’s when Sarah Kelly stepped in.

As assistant vice president of student development, Kelly oversees the learning assistance center, which supports students with special needs. She assembled a staff of volunteers who created a tape just for Rogers, each reading different parts of the play.

Kelly also helped another alumnus enter law school. An eye injury prevented him from reading fast enough for the entrance exam. Kelly wrote and asked that he be given additional time.

“He did so well on it the second time they thought he cheated,” she says. “That illustrates how students are only limited by their abilities, not by their disabilities. We just try to even the playing field.”

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