SAIL Tales: Sharing our stories

What’s a SAIL Tale? Personal and professional stories from students, families and professionals about access and success at Eastern Florida State College. Check back for additional stories and send us your own SAIL Tale.

Zachary WallaceResources to Achieve Success

September 21, 2016 – eLearning student Zachary Wallace will be the first to tell you that SAIL's services are not limited to on-campus students. With assistance from SAIL, Wallace is taking full advantage of the College's online resources to help him complete his degree.

“My learning disabilities were discovered in elementary school. I had an IEP and various accommodations through high school. I was always quiet, and it was often hard to ask for help. My parents were my advocates when I was younger, but now it is my responsibility to seek out services and help. It was very intimidating thinking about the challenges college would bring. Could I do it? Would help be available? The answer was yes, and I found it through SAIL, the College’s accessibility/disability services department. SAIL and the Writing Center have given me the direction and tools to be successful. I am currently completing my A.A. online. I receive the same help and services students on campus receive. Questions are always answered quickly, and resources are available. I have the ability to submit papers to the Writing Center online, and feedback is given within 24 hours. My accommodations are communicated smoothly to all my professors. I am doing great, and I just completed two summer courses with As in both. All you need to do is ask. If you have the determination to be successful, the resources are here to make it happen.”

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What's in a Name?

February 10, 2016 - Our first story is about our name: SAIL – Student Access for Improved Learning. If you have a disability, or have a friend, relative or loved one who has a disability, you’ve probably noticed that external barriers (architectural, environmental, communication, attitudinal) can impact their ability to successfully access the things many of us take for granted, like shopping, working, going to school, using public transportation, etc.).

SAIL director on benchIt is our job — and everyone’s job — to reduce or remove these barriers so that people with disabilities have equal access. For example when a sign language interpreter is provided for a student who cannot hear, that student now has access to the same information as the students in the class who can hear. By increasing the width of door openings, people who use a wheelchair can access the same places as people who do not use wheelchairs. Student Access for Improved Learning (SAIL) replaces the former “office of students with disabilities” because we want ensure access for students, create an inclusive college environment and empower students to reach their individual potential. Check out the recent article about EFSC student Andy Miles who has a visual impairment. It highlights how he was able to successfully access the college environment. Andy is now pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree at Eastern Florida. Visit often to read other stories about Access and Success at EFSC!