[nabs] First time college student with a couple questions
orangebutterfly87 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 29 04:25:07 GMT 2010
Hello Miranda, and welcome!
You are certainly planning early for college which is awesome.
I'm not sure there is such thing as planning college too early.
Joseph gave you some fantastic information, and I'm not sure I
have a whole lot to add. As far as biology, I took a very basic
bio course and the most helpful accomodation I received was an
assistant from the disability services office on-campus to help
me in the labs each week. She had already taken the course so
knew what to expect and was able to describe things to me as we
conducted the labs as well as help my group members with some of
the practical aspects of the lab that I could not due to lack of
I began my college career as a music major, but only stuck with
it a year. Do you read braille music? Are you looking at
performance, education, or therapy?
Bookshare has almost all of its books available in brf format,
and the NLS's collection seems to be ever-growing. I'm not sure
what you mean about not having graphics though as I thought brf
books didn't have graphics. Perhaps I'm just not understanding.
Above all, the most important skills that I found to have at your
disposal will be your ability to advocate for yourself to
professors, disability services staff, housing personnel, dorm
staff, and other students. Please feel free to email the list
with any and all questions no matter how big or small. Going
off to college can be daunting in general, and we all know that
being blind or visually impaired can throw some interesting
challenges in to the mix sometimes. We've all dealt with most of
them from figuring out how to adapt dorm laundry facilities to
learning how to discuss our varying types of visual impairments
with professors to advocating for our rights for having a guide
dog with housing and most everything else inbetween.
Again, welcome to the list, and I look forward to hearing from
Laura Glowacki, First vice president of NABS
----- Original Message -----
From: "Miranda" <knownoflove at gmail.com>
To: <nabs at acb.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 6:55 PM
Subject: [nabs] First time college student with a couple
I will be attending college in 2012 for my BA with a major in
Do any of you know of Braille transcribers who will provide
textbooks in BRF format to read with a Braille display? I have a
Pac Mate, and want to get books not containing graphics in BRF if
at all possible.
Any ideas on how to make biology and a pre-calculus course (with
algebra, geometry and trig review) as accessible as possible?
If anyone has any other advice pertaining to college I'd greatly
Thanks in advance for any help you can give, and have a great
In Christ, Miranda
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