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

Photo portrait of Maria
 

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.

Photo portrait of Matt
 

Matt

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

Photo portrait of Anna

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.

Photo portrait of Katie

Katie

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

Photo portrait of Mike
 

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.

Photo portrait of Kris
 

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.

Photo portrait of Nhi
 

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.

Photo portrait of Shawnna
 

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.

Photo portrait of Eric
 

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.

Photo portrait of Kristin
 

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.

Photo portrait of Lloyd
 

Lloyd

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

Photo portrait of Rachel
 

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.

Photo portrait of Rodney
 

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.

Photo portrait of Katharine
 

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.

Photo portrait of Nguyen
 

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.

Photo portrait of Mark
 

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.

Photo portrait of Randy
 

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.

Photo portrait of Jen

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.

Photo portrait of Travis
 

Travis

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

Photo portrait of Megan
 

Megan

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

Photo portrait of Nadira
 

Nadira

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

Photo portrait of Erofei
 

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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