In concluding I want to return to John and his struggle. At one point about midway through the semester, John was convinced he was through and accepted his failure. Not the institution's failure to accommodate him. Not the unfortunate circumstances that left him misunderstood and a linguistic outcast. John had accepted that the University had done everything it could (it just couldn't do it fast enough) and that maybe he wasn't ready for college after all. I couldn't believe my eyes, for I was reading a note John had written for me on the computer screen in my office. "I'll go back to the ranch where I've been working for the last two years." The horses and cattle don't care that John can't hear. John told me that he was failing more than one of his classes. He was surprised that he was having such profound trouble writing. And he was convinced that the University had done everything it could for him, under the circumstances.

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