Archive for April, 2019

The beginning

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Published in the Republican April 2019

Carrie Writes
The Beginning
Carrie Barrepski

Fourteen years ago this week, my column Carrie Writes was born, which turned into a regular feature. I remember it like yesterday, meeting with the editor, Cynthia Simison. I remember showing her copies of my writing and discussing ideas for my column.
My column has helped me find my optimistic voice in helping and inspiring people with disabilities. My goal was to be a voice for people with disabilities, while putting disability issues in the spotlight. Many of my columns have been based on my own experiences in dealing with disability issues as a way to educate and empower people.
Through writing my column, I have researched and learned many things. Every time I sit down to write a column, I am always excited to discover new things for my readers.
By writing my column, I have gained many opportunities to meet new people and explore new resources. One activity that has grown through my writing is motivational speaking, from conferences to support groups and classes.
I am very grateful to have the opportunity to share my experiences and to talk passionately about disability issues while being part of the self-advocacy movement. Writing my column has shaped me into a competent advocate for people with disabilities, while inspiring them to live their best life.

College admission scandal

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Published in the Republican 2019

Carrie Writes
College Admissions Scandal
Carrie Barrepski

Last month, federal indictments were filed against fifty people across the country who used fraudulent tactics too get their children into elite colleges.
One example is William Singer, a “college admissions coach,” who told families to have their student fake a learning disability so they could obtain special accommodations to take the SAT or ACT tests. Some of these accommodations would be extra time or private settings, where students’ answers were corrected or someone else took the test in their name.
Disability advocates are concerned that accommodations for college admissions tests could be tightened and make life more difficult for those who truly need the accommodations. The accused parents paid $10,000 per exam to Singer, who last week pleaded guilty to such charges as conspiracy and racketeering.
The accommodations that were taken advantage of fall under the Americans With Disabilities Act that are intended to help students succeed in their college careers. One in four students at elite US universities benefit from these accommodations due to anxiety.
This scandal takes the spotlight away from those, like myself, who worked hard to get into college and achieve their goals. College is a place where anyone can learn and grow in their own way with the help of accommodations that are truly needed.