Can you be excused from Public Speaking (in school) if you have been diagnosed with social anxiety?

If you pour thousands of dollars into an institution and say a presentation is riding on your grade, shouldn't social anxiety (with a doctors note) be an excuse to somehow get out of it? I am physically limited when it comes to speaking in public, my mind blanks and I instantly have to escape. I really don't want to take medication but I'll try anything... Its actually 16% who suffer from this social phobia. I'm not talking about nervousness whatsoever

Asked By: Christopher - 8/31/2008
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A request for accommodation should never be an excuse for anything... More
Answered By: hopesclan - 8/31/2008
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You are describing how 99% of people feel about public speaking. You need to practice it, and the more you practice, the less nervous you become.
Answered By: juyi - 8/31/2008
by law the school must make arrangement to handle your disability.
Answered By: ? - 8/31/2008
I think you should get over you fears, stop looking for excuses and just do it
Answered By: kevlardon21 - 8/31/2008
Well, your school district would do anything to avoid a lawsuit, so yes I am sure with mild persuasion they'd be willing to exempt you from speaking. However, forcing yourself to confront your irrational fear is the only way to overcome it. I suffer from social anxiety that at one point was so bad, I couldn't hold down... More
Answered By: cgaquariums - 8/31/2008
Try speaking with your teacher and see if you can do something else for the grade. Let your teacher know that you aren't trying to get out of it completely, that you are willing to do something else for the grade. They should be willing to work with you. If not, get your parents involved. Sometimes people who have... More
Answered By: befuddled - 8/31/2008
Even your therapist will encourage public speaking. You must overcome your fear by confronting it. Practice with your family or people you feel comfortable with. When the time comes to do so in class, take a deep breath and just look to the back of the room. Don't concentrate on the students/teachers faces... More
Answered By: [i'm a tree] - 8/31/2008
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