At the University of Florida, I received permission from the Chemistry Department to work as a Teaching Assistant for a General Chemistry section. At first I thought I would need a reader with me in class to read the powerpoint slides that I prepared. This proved not to be the case. Instead of using a reader, I called on the students to get involved.
Right away, I informed the class that I was blind and let them know they had to speak out and be very vocal about their questions. Although I memorized most of the information in my slideshows, whenever I opened a new slide, I would say, “Ok, I need someone to read the problem on the screen.” Students quickly became comfortable speaking up and participating in class. I always had students go up to the board to work problems, while the rest of the class and I would work through the problem verbally.
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