Thursday, August 8, 2013

Interacting in high school


Believe it or not, I was probably one of the shyest students in high school and I can comfortably say that it was because of being blind. Being one of the first blind students to attend my high school made things very interesting and challenging for me. I will say, however, that both teachers and students were extremely good to me. They were very attentive to me and made sure that I was never wanting for anything.

I had a few great friends but for the most part I believe that the students were more curious than anything else to see how a fellow student who was blind functioned. Nevertheless, I was always careful never to take advantage of their good nature. I never asked for anything unless I needed it and I always made sure to remain securely in the background so that I did not stand out in front of my peers.

I took all of my exams alongside my classmates and did not receive any extra time for the writing of my exams. I used a Brailler to write my notes in class and not once did my classmates ever complain about the noise made by my Brailler. My texts for French and Spanish were provided to me in Braille but my history and literature books were put onto tape for me.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to learn more about my world at www.sterlingcreations.ca.
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