Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities Meet the Speakers in the Videotape


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Maria
I have post-polio which makes it difficult for me to walk. I keep one set of books at home and the other in my classes. It is important for teachers to be flexible in their schedules.

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Matt
I have dyslexia. To aid students with learning disabilities, I think teachers should allow extra time for tests and schoolwork.

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Anna
I am blind. I use a computer with voice output. In order to help students with visual impairments, professors should describe visual aids they present and provide tactile drawings.

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Katie
I have a hearing impairment. What helps me in class is to have written instructions, both on handouts and on the blackboard.

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Mike
My disabilities are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and specific learning disability. My computer has spell and grammar checking which help when I write papers. I also ask professors for extra time for homework and tests.

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Kris
I am visually impaired. I require large print handouts and tests. I also tell the teachers about my disability so they are prepared for any special requests from me.

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Nhi
My vision is limited as the result of Multiple Sclerosis. I use large print and voice output programs on my computer. In class I use a magnifier for reading and binoculars to read the blackboard.

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Shawnna
I have Muscular Dystrophy. I can't use my hands to write, so I use a computer for schoolwork. I also require large print handouts and use enlarged print on the computer screen.

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Eric
I am without any vision. I rely on computers for schoolwork, and use voice output programs and Braille printers. I also use the Internet to research subjects.

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Kristin
I am hard of hearing and partly blind. In class, I require large print handouts and an interpreter. I also use enlarged print on the computer screen.

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Lloyd
I have a hearing impairment. It helps me to use interpreters and FM systems in my classes.

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Rachel
I am partially paralyzed on the right side of my body as a result of a stroke. My memory was affected too. In class I need visual aids. It helps to be able to see things as well as listen to lectures.

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Rodney
My disability is Arthrogryposis Mutiplex Congenita. I can't use my hands to write, so I require copies of notes, a notetaker, or a computer. I use a computer and the Internet to complete assignments and research.

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Katherine
I have a learning disability and reading is difficult. I use a voice output program on my computer. In class, extra time is essential for tests and assignments.

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Nguyen
I suffered a gunshot wound which paralyzed the left side of my body. I use a computer and the Internet to research projects. It's important to include every student in activities, no matter what their abilities.

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Mark
I have Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. I rely on a computer to complete homework assignments and use a Morse Code input device since I can't use my hands.

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Randy
I am totally blind. It helps me in class to receive my homework assignments over electronic mail and to have labs that don't require vision; I can't check for color changes.

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Jenny
I have Peripheral Neuropathy. I require adjustable tables and lab equipment. I also use a computer to complete assignments and to research subjects on the Internet.

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Travis
My disabilities include shortness, orthopedic problems, and kidney problems. The only accommodations I require in class are adjustable equipment and shorter aprons.

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Megan
My disability is chronic lyme disease. I use a computer to work from home, and require flexibility in scheduling classes and tests.

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Nadira
I have nueropathy. I require adjustable equipment in labs. It is important for professors to encourage students with disabilities to participate in science.

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Erofei
I am an amputee. I think professors should assign partners in labs, so if there is something one person cannot do, they can still watch while their partner does it.

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