[Nfbmo] {Disarmed} Reposting a Facebook post that my wife made.

Julie McGinnity kaybaycar at gmail.com
Tue Mar 14 00:30:33 UTC 2017

Hi all,

I was never expected to do power points as a student until... grad school...

Most of my instructors had always required me to create printed
handouts instead of legit power points because this satisfied the
requirements for a visual presentation without pushing me to struggle
with technology they didn't think was accessible.  In their defence,
for the most part, all students had this option if they wanted it.
(I'm thinking mostly of my language classes here.)  But I was never
pushed to do power point, so I found myself in grad school, needing to
create multiple power points for a career development class, and I had
absolutely no idea how to do it.  I got my reader, and she helped me
copy the images.

When I arrived at the Colorado center, one of my embarrassing gaps in
tech knowledge was my ignorance of Power point.  I still have yet to
learn Power Point and will hate going into a job and admitting that I
have rarely used it and haven't yet learned it.  I need to know how
accessible it is, my strategy for using the program as independently
as possible, and when and how often I may need a pair of eyes to guide
a mouse in my use of Power Point.  So, yes, unfortunately, the sighted
world loves their pictures and won't cut us any slack on this one.  If
we truly want the same opportunities, then we need to take on the same
responsibilities in learning the technology as best we can.

Good luck Jenny!  I can't help you with Power Point yet, but maybe
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Julie A. McGinnity
President, National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division,
Second Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
"For we walk by faith, not by sight"
2 Cor. 7

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