[nabs-l] "In-class" assignment

Cory McMahon cory.j.mcmahon at gmail.com
Tue Apr 18 03:21:34 UTC 2017

I appreciate the in-depth response you provided, Chris, and will take that
into consideration for future instances in which this occurs.

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While I respect the right of any individual blind student to make the
choices which best fit his/her needs and preferences, I would not have
walked out. Perhaps this requirement was unrealistic in the format and
context in which it was given, but there are certainly alternatives which
could have made this project accessible to you. For instance, you could ask
the teacher/professor to email you a copy of the correctly formatted sample
in order for you to compare your paper to it using the same technology with
which you completed your paper. Also, you could ask a classmate or a hired
human reader to read you the sample while you compared it with your paper.
If all else fails, you could either work with your prof individually during
his/her office hours or ask that the project's due date be delayed until you
can work out an alternative with your DSS office.

Though it is true that, in principle, all material provided to sighted
students should be born accessible to us, the fact is that this is not the
reality of today's classroom. I, along with many of my fellow NABS members,
dream of a day when we will be able to access all information with the same
ease with which sighted people access it, and we are working hard to turn
that dream into reality (see AIMHEA.) Until that day comes, it is our job to
think outside the box and propose creative solutions which our less
knowledgeable professors may not have thought about, resorting to dropping
the class or filing a complaint only when we have exhausted all other
resources. I understand that it is sometimes difficult to come up with these
creative solutions when we don't know all the tools which exist, and that's
why we have resources like this list. But I would encourage you, and all of
us, to try to think creatively about solving an accessibility problem before
we assume that the class or assignment is impossible for us to complete.
Perhaps you will come up with a solution which will help another student who
is faced with a similar challenge in the future.

Just my thoughts, 

Chris Nusbaum

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> On Apr 17, 2017, at 7:30 PM, Cory McMahon via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> Good evening, all:
> In my "Intro to Applied Psychology" class, we have "in-class" 
> activities for which we receive points.
> We recently turned in a research paper for the course; this paper was 
> in APA format. As our "in-class" activity tonight, the teacher wanted 
> us to look at our paper side-by-side with a correct example of an APA 
> paper, so we can find out what we got wrong on our paper.
> I believe this requirement is unrealistic; as such, I walked out.
> What would you have done in this situation? Am I correct in thinking 
> that this requirement is unrealistic?
> Sincerely,
> Cory McMahon
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