Thursday, September 23, 2010

The right to education

The right to education is for everyone; it is not a privilege.  It is there for all no matter what and as a blind person who has been so fortunate to have been able to receive a master's degree in Business Administration from one of the best universities in the world, McGill university of Montreal, I feel even more strongly that all blind persons should be given every opportunity to reach for the skies. 

 

They should be given equal access to learning whatever they desire.  They should be given equal access to the Internet and other resources that are used by the mainstream student and every effort should be made to ensure that they receive the best training and attention possible.  No school, college, or university should be allowed to offer excuses.  Technology has come along far enough to enable texts to be produced in alternate formats such as Braille, large print, and in readable electronic texts.

 

There is nothing to stop professors from being able to include blind and partially sighted students in their classes.  There is nothing to stop distance learning providers from making their online courses accessible to the blind and partially sighted and there is nothing to stop institutions of learning from opening their doors to blind and sight impaired students. 

 

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and share my thoughts with the rest of the world.  Visit www.nfb.org or www.acb.org to learn more.

 

 

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