Blind student claims classes weren't accessible to him at Borough of Manhattan Community College
A student who is blind claims Borough of Manhattan Community College wasn't able to accommodate to his disability when classes went virtual during the pandemic.
Nicholas Acosta, who has been blind since birth, says he is calling for the college to make sure students can have accessible access to an education after the school didn’t do enough to help students like him.
While others could do the courses as intended, Acosta used a screen reader which renders visuals to speech. However, he says his web development course wasn't accessible.
"If you're sighted it's easier because you can see what's on the screen. But if you can't see what's on the screen, you have to rely on the screen reader,” Acosta says.
Acosta also claims tutors were not available for all his classes. He says he wishes the school stepped up during the pandemic so his grades didn’t suffer.
The school told News 12 they offer support and accommodations to students with learning disabilities, and that students can request accommodations.
In a statement, the college said, “BMCC continues to refine its plans for the upcoming fall semester in compliance with CDC guidelines and will continue to support the civil rights and well-being of students, faculty and staff with disabilities. Both in-person and online learning arrangements present diverse challenges which BMCC will continue to address and monitor as conditions evolve in the coming school year."
Acosta says he was recently accepted to Hunter College and plans to get his bachelor's degree there.