[nobe-l] Fwd: Regarding Education

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Wed Mar 16 01:07:30 UTC 2011

>The President of the NFB of Nebraska is asking 
>for assistance with an education project.

David Andrews

>Greetings Friends:
>Karen Lemmon, a long-time teacher and current 
>president of our Panhandle Chapter here in 
>Nebraska asks for your help with the below project.
>Thanks in advance for any help.
>Amy Buresh, President, NFBN
>The GOOD and the BAD
>I am looking for information and stories of 
>personal experiences of blind individuals who 
>have   been through, or are currently involved 
>in our K-12 classrooms as a blind  or low 
>visioned student. All of us have stories to tell 
>and I am asking now that you report instances in 
>your education that made a positive difference 
>for you in your learning experience. I also want 
>to know the negative experiences you had as a 
>blind student, or in other words, what did not 
>work for you. You do not need to pass on names 
>of instructors or the name of the school, unless 
>of course you would like them to receive some 
>positive mention. I would be appreciative if you 
>would just submit to me two lists of what was 
>good and what was bad.  I did not go through our 
>system of education as a blind student, as a 
>matter of fact I taught school for 18 years in a 
>system that had no plan  to create the 
>opportunity for blind and low visioned students 
>to stay in the classroom and learn along side 
>the sighted students. The information I receive 
>from you will be very helpful in discussions in 
>a college level class offered at Chadron State 
>College titled ‘Resources for teaching blind 
>Individuals. (EDU 270).  Below is an example of 
>some of the things that  have been compiled this 
>research: Information will be confidential and may be sent to me anonymously.
>Please email to: <mailto:klemmon at bbcwb.net>klemmon at bbcwb.net
>or mail to my address at: Karen Lemmon
>                                             104 Lemmon Road
>                                             Whitney, NE 69367
>My telephone number is 308-667-2054.
>GOOD                         __
>1. Examples of rocks and soils were labeled by 
>my science teacher in braille so that when the 
>samples were passed around the room I was able 
>to feel what the rock or soil felt like and to 
>identify it by name as it was passed around the room.
>2. A music teacher recorded my part on a cassette so that I could learn it .
>1. I had a teacher’s aide assigned to me and she 
>did most of the work for me which seemed pretty 
>cool at the time, but as a result I know I missed out on a lot.
>2. I used magnification for everything but as my 
>eyes got progressively worse I found myself 
>unable to read as I was never taught braille.
>Please take part in this as it is very important 
>that we can relay this information to our future 
>teachers and we now have an outlet to do that at 
>Chadron State College. since our work here is in 
>progress, I would appreciate an immediate response.

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