[nabs-l] Frustrating High School Issue...

Lillie Pennington lilliepennington at fuse.net
Wed Jan 29 04:11:53 UTC 2014


Talk to your tvi. It was probably a offhandedly comment. My high school does not have Braille and while it is nice to have I get around to all of my classes independently. You could try putting bel crow on the doors of your classes or something if pure memorization will not work for you.

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> On Jan 28, 2014, at 11:00 PM, johnnie Jean duran <johnniejduran at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Dear National Association of Blind Students,
> As some of you are aware of, next year, I will become a 9th grader
> (freshman) at Alameda International High School. This high school is a
> public school in Lakewood Colorado.
> While visiting the school for the first time, I'd realized that the
> area in which the 9th grade students have classes in, has no braille
> on the walls. There are 2 pods, that look exactly alike, but there is
> no braille on each doorway to identify which room you are entering.
> This is going to be an issue for me because there is no way of
> identifying which room I am entering, or which pod I am in. I brought
> this situation up to my TVI and ONM teachers. My ONM teacher then
> informed me that she'd spoken to Alameda several times, and they've
> made it seem as if this issue was not a necessity. My TVI told me that
> she would talk to the administration about this issue. A few days
> later, she happily informed me that they were getting braille up on
> the walls ASAP.
> 2 months later, while I am viseting the school with my 8th grade
> class, we took a tour through the pods, and still I did not see any
> braille. At a parent night my Mom attended tonight, she brought up the
> issue to the Assistant Principal as well. He informed us that he's
> been aware of the situation for several years, and then turned away as
> if it were not important enough to discuss. He then told us, that I
> would be placed in a challenge room with students who have multiple
> disabilities. I was frustrated with this issue because of the fact
> that I do not need to be in a challenge room. I am capable of
> everything a sighted individual is capable of doing, and the only
> thing that is stopping me is that braille. I feel like I am being
> underestimated, and I rfuse to be placed in a challege room when I
> don't need it.
> The NFB is my last resort, therefore as experienced blind students, I
> am asking for your help. How would I take this situation to the next
> level?
> All advice is always appreciated!
> Thank you,
> JJ
> 
> -- 
> Ms. Johnnie Jean Duran
> 8th Grade Student
> O'Connell Middle School - An IB World School
> Lakewood, Colorado, United States
> Member Of The National Federation Of The Blind Of Colorado (NFBCO),
> The Colorado Association Of Blind Students (CABS), and the North Metro
> Chapter of the NFB.
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