[nabs-l] difficulties with German class in the fall

Anita Adkins aadkins7 at verizon.net
Tue Aug 3 22:45:48 UTC 2010

It would be great if you could find a student fluent in German to provide 
you with audio descriptions of the movies in a similar way to an 
audiodescribed movie.  Maybe, someone who has previously taken the class or 
someone taking the class while you are taking it would work for this, and 
the Disability Service may be able to hire this person as a notetaker or 
whatever the red tape requires this individual to be titled.  Pictures and 
the like could be described in audio most likely by this person or another 
person in the Disability center at your school.  The challenge will be to 
find an individual who can both speak German and provide excellent audio 
descriptions of the material.  Some artwork can also be produced tactually 
using a raised line drawing kit.  The Braille Bookstore has a great board 
with a screen backing that allows the lines being drawn to be raised so that 
they can be felt, and this might be an option aside from the raised line 
drawing kit because it uses regular paper.  I have one of these boards, and 
they are only around 14 dollars, I think.  I realize this will probably not 
be a perfect sollution since it will be impossible to recreate difficult 
artwork, but I am brainstorming.  The Braille Bookstore's web address is:
Another idea might be to have a English/German speaking scribe reproduce the 
German as is, and then you could translate it once it has been read to you 
in German as this would also give you practice translating from one language 
to the other.  The best sollution might be to have the movies analyzed and 
produced in an accessible format with audio descriptions and such prior to 
the start of your semester, but I fear this may not be able to occur.  Just 
some ideas to get others thinking.  Anita

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Julie McGinnity" <kaybaycar at gmail.com>
To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
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Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2010 6:18 PM
Subject: [nabs-l] difficulties with German class in the fall

> Hi everyone.
> My name is Julie.  I am going into my second year of college.  I am
> currently a double major in vocal performance and German.  In the fall
> I will be taking a German culture class about Berlin.  This class is
> about the history and culture of Berlin.  We will be reading several
> novels, and the professor has emailed me to tell me that visual
> material (movies with english or German subtitles, pictures, art work,
> and arcatecture) are going to be a big part of the class.  I'm not
> exactly sure what kind of accomidations I should ask for in this
> class.
> I am an auditory learner, but movies in German classes have always
> been difficult for me to folow.  She suggested giving me a copy of the
> movie to watch on my own time instead of in class, but I'm not sure
> how that would help.
> As for the various kinds of art work and photo material, I really
> don't know.  If we are doing something about arcatecture, I'll just
> ask if I can read about it instead of looking at it, but beyond that,
> Ihave no clue.  Makes me wonder how I've survived until now.  Lol!
> Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
> -- 
> Julie McG
> Lindbergh High School class of 2009, participating member in Opera
> Theater's Artist in Training Program, and proud graduate of Guiding
> Eyes for the Blind
> "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
> everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal
> life."
> John 3:16
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