This is not a question of blame but an exploration of a moment when students entered the institution with expectations of accommodations. Students felt the institution did not provide appropriate accommodation under the ADA, but the University also had expectations regarding these students' familiarity with Standard Written English (SWE). It is not unlike the situation Mina Shaughnessy described regarding basic writing instruction under open-admissions policies. The University was not prepared for the range of issues open-admissions students brought into the classroom with them and the field of Composition continues to wrestle with these issues. The ADA presents a similar challenge to the University's expectations of student preparation in SWE and related issues of college preparedness. The institution revealed its expectations by assigning deaf students to basic writing sections: rightly or wrongly, basic writing is the institutional answer to a variety of challenges.

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