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  1. Accepted to Alberta 2018

    Interesting. I have always thought calling was not helpful to an applicant. You have proven that wrong. Congrats!
  2. Lots of other people have stated it is possible. I would agree. I only have basic knowledge about ASD but I think I can give some advice. Having supports in place are important. Someone who is familiar with strategies that people with ASD can use and help you to reinforce these strategies. It does not have to be a psychiatrist, social worker or psychiatrist but it may be. Sometimes strategies are out there that you have never considered before. I will give an example from my own life. I will say that I do not have ASD nor am I suggesting the same strategy for you. As someone who cannot see others I tended not to look in their direction when they speak. In fact, I still have to remember to do it. People will often interpret lack of eye contact as lack of interest or distractedness. Even with a white cane user. I wear sunglasses a lot. Although I wear them for another reason I notice that it can also impact social interaction. People assume eye contact if I look in their general direction. They perceive me being more engaged. They actually are filling in the gaps in their own minds. I am not making eye contact but they interpret it that way. As I said, I am not suggesting you get yourself a pair of dark sunglasses. My point is that there may be other strategies you have not considered. However, those experienced with people with ASD may offer other strategies and give you feedback. For example, it may be more about providing verbal indicators to the people that you are speaking to rather than the non-verbal of eye contact. Often, these are difficult to figure out on our own. You may benefit from feedback from an experienced person in an environment where you feel safe in exploring what works for you. I understand that you plan to reach out for assistance at the end of summer. I would encourage you to begin that process as soon as possible. Reach out to ASD organizations. Ask about mentors. They can tell you about strategies they have used, the struggles they have faced and provide support.
  3. How many lawyers use Mac computers

    Agreed. Although if in Windows software JAWS has often become the corporate standard. It can at times do more than voiceover. It has. built in OCR and some contextual features that are cool. Also, some IT people are still hesitant to have mixed windows and OSX environments. It does create a few headaches at times including duplication of new software purchases. Of course my preference is that everyone goes OSX. Given the cost most places will not do this. However, it is nice to be able to sit with anyone's iOS or OSX device and be able to use it in seconds. I once had to do an exam in an exam centre where they had no idea how they would accomplish the accessibility. All I had to do is ask if they had a Mac. By pressing two keys I had a full featured screen reader. The rest of this post is irrelevant to the original question but might be interesting for some: It takes some fiddling with settings in OSX but anyone can also convert a pdf docx or many other documents into audio files read in iTunes. Convert notes to spoken audio. I know for most people this would not be something they want to list to on the bus or subway but it is a cool feature that started as an accessibility feature in OSX and is now used by many more people. Irrelevant fun fact: I was told one of the issues that technicians deal with in the apple store is people turning on accessibility features like voiceover without realizing it. Once voiceover is on the iOS gestures are different. If someone does not have volume turned up and accidentally turns on screen curtain it will seem like their device is dead.
  4. How many lawyers use Mac computers

    Yeah iOS has voiceover built in. When properly set up an iPad or iPhone can navigate just about anything. Not quite as robust as OSX voiceover but for the majority of tasks it works well. iOS devices will also pair with a braille display or external QWERTY. Apple has been a leader in universal design for their devices for quite a while.
  5. I am curious how many lawyers working for firms use Mac computers. My reason for asking is that I use a MacBook Pro. I love the built in accessibility features. Specifically, screen reading software. However, in future I suspect I will need to be ready to enter a Windows environment. The most common screen reading software is JAWS. It has a fairly steep learning curve and it is expensive. That said, a number of people have suggested to me that I may wish to prepare myself for a Windows environment using JAWS. Reluctantly, I have dual booted my Mac but it is a big change. So really, all you have to do is tell me everyone uses Mac's Okay probably not. Still curious to hear how many use a Mac in the workplace. I have read about one blind lawyer who carries three Daisy players - a device that can read documents and record audio. Seems a bit excessive to me but a cool solution.
  6. 1L Foundations Class

    Yes for foundations.
  7. Accepted to Alberta 2018

    The reason I ask is that you seem to meet the auto accept. Index score. Two lsat writes may explain it. What is the average of both scores?
  8. Accepted to Alberta 2018

    Only one lsat write? Are you sure about l2? From previous posts you have 155 lsat and 3.98 l2?
  9. Accommodations

    You misunderstand. I was ridiculing you rather than giving an acerbic response. You seemed to suggest diversity was a good thing. You also used the term easier to describe testing conditions for those who receive accommodation. This shows absolutely not understanding of accommodation. Then you said this: First, there is such thing as accommodation in real life. When you say weeded out do you mean that in a Darwinian or a more pro-active eugenics way? Regardless, this negates any previous suggestion that you have a commitment to diversity or accommodation in the profession. This would require a completely different test. At it's heart the LSAT is a speed test.
  10. Accommodations

    I agree. Controversial. I will say that I may be missing something in your first paragraph but to me it seems unrelated to the other paragraphs. Accommodations are not related to self worth. The goal is to provide a more level playing field. The system is not perfect and in fact, sucks. Sometimes the system will work in favour of the person being accommodated and sometimes not. Sometimes accommodations are abused and sometimes there are extremely difficult hoops that individuals must jump through to make exams accessible. Imagine being blind and being told that medical evidence is not sufficient. I have always believed that sighted people have much easier testing conditions and testing skewed in their favour. That said, I don't feel sighted people will be weeded out in the future because of this. I still view you as an equal. I think your view of persons with disabilities and the idea that they will be weeded out in future is offensive. To be clear, I do take it in a negative manner. The tone and tenor seems to be that persons with disabilities have nothing to offer and are being given a free ride. I hope you have the opportunity to expand your peer group before you join the profession. I also hope you have the opportunity to take a few courses on human rights and charter issues.
  11. Interesting point. Alder House does not seem to be marketed specifically towards law students anymore. I did not get a sense that it was a particularly popular option in the past. The original poster may wish to consider this in pros and cons as well.
  12. There are washers and dryers on each floor not in each unit. No parking. Impossible to get closer to the Market. I doubt you would have a problem getting more than one spot to lock a bike. They are under-utilized. My feeling is that the only way to furnish them is Ikea. Not a huge fan of the management company but a personal bias.
  13. It could work out. Would probably stress me out. Besides, Situation does not serve milk stout in August. The milk stout could make the trip worth it.
  14. I am pretty sure there are others who will know Edmonton better than I me. That said, I will give my thoughts. I always try to decide what sacrifices I am wiling to make with housing. For example, many law students like to hang out at Devaney's pub every year. You could live in the Sir John Franklin. It is overpriced for what you get but I you would be very very close to the law school and the pub. In fact, you would be upstairs from the pub. I don't think it is value for money but others do. I have been spoiled by better and cheaper beer elsewhere! I live in the Whyte and Gateway area. All buses that pass by head to the university. I am close to MEAT, Situation Brewery Next Act and a lot of other great food and beer spots. Two grocery stores are close by as well. We pay $1400/mo for a 1+den and I consider that pretty good with ensuite washer/dryer and dishwasher. Are there a lot cheaper. Definitely. There is Crawford Block in the area as well which is micro apartments - about $1100/mo. They are VERY small but new. Definitely a lot of older apartments on 83rd between 109 and Gateway. They are older buildings. I suspect cheaper but I have never been in any. Regardless, I would suggest anyone renting would want to get to know the area. There is a youth hostel just off Whyte for those who wish to visit and check out rentals. in the area without spending a lot on hotels. http://hihostels.ca/en/destinations/alberta/hi-edmonton
  15. Are you sure about the 20 minute trip by bus to RSJ? I would say that you could expect it to be longer than that. I vote for neither option. That said, I would not want to be in a residence with a group of 18 year olds away from home for the first time. I think there has been some negative stuff written about noise/privacy in Alder house. I suppose it depends on priorities. Both would offer lots of social opportunities but their seems to be lots of those built into the law school experience.