Land of Confusion

Most people probably make the assumption that for me as a blind student meant making it through high school would take a extra year. Getting all the classroom materials in to a accessible format in order for me to use them was often a frustrating task in itself.

Thinking back on it its surprising to me that I handled it so well. Most teachers were so unorganized that we would often be scrambling the day before to get lesson materials ready for the next day, only receiving them fr the teacher that afternoon.

I was able to make it through high school in the same amount of time as all the other students, no extra year required. Regardless though, no subject made me more stressed out then math.

I could understand it up to a point, but I still have vivid memories of me and my teacher going over it for hours after school. Try looking at a diagram of a shape, a complicated one with multiple angles and heights. Now how would that work if you couldn’t see the diagram?

In Braille math books they would raise the lines of those diagrams on the paper, and stick the measurements in Braille wherever they would fit. The end result was a bunch of clutter that was hard to make much out of.

I remember my teacher would physically make the shapes for me from construction paper, and stick the Braille measurements to the actual sides of the now truly 3d shape. It was because of all her efforts that I made it through math. Countless hours and lots of frustration later but I made it through!


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