So, as many people in their 20's do, I'm taking the GRE. I knew I would have to talk to someone about the kind of accommodations I would need. So me and my aide called their disability office and explained my situation and what I would require. Before we could finish, the lady rattled off a list of forms I had to fill out. She told me I could not use my aide to write my answers on the test. Instead, the GRE would provide me with a "reader" and a "writer"(yes, that's two separate people). These people would be total strangers and not know how to read my board. She also explained that I need my doctor to define my disability and reccommend her accommodations. My doctor is GREAT but she has no clue what kinds of considerations I need in my daily life, let alone in a testing situation. I felt like I was not "qualified" to say what I needed. And after filling out all this paperwork, there is still no guarantee that I will be approved for the accommodations.
Now I am pretty confident I will get all the accommodations I need (because I don't take no for an answer) but what about the people that are not as stubborn as me or who don't have the time to fight it? Do they just get low scores and deal with the inconveniences? I have a friend who wanted to go to graduate school but the GRE people were so difficult to work with he said forget it. Bureaucracy can really be a pain in the neck.