Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 19:51:47 +0000
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From: rebelford**At_Symbol_Here**UALR.EDU
Subject: Re: Modifications for Blind Student
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I am forwarding this email to the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety Listserv list as I think the members of DCHAS can help out.

Would you please respond to chemed-L**At_Symbol_Here** , (or both lists) as I think this question/situation is of interest to many.


Bob Belford
----- Original Message -----
From: Janet Burgess 
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2007 2:35 pm
Subject: Modifications for Blind Student

> Dear List,
> I was just informed that I will have a blind student in my high 
> school 
> Honors Chemistry class during the next school year. Unlike 
> sight impared 
> students that I have had before, this student is totally blind. 
> He may or 
> may not have an aide with him. He reads Braile, and they plan 
> to order a 
> book for him.
> My major concern is safety, both of the student and the safety 
> of all the 
> other students in the class. I have no idea how a blind student 
> will be 
> able to do the labs. He can not observe what is happening, so 
> will the 
> burden for explaining what is going on be on his lab partners, 
> or will I 
> have to conduct a separate lab for him so that I can explain 
> what he would 
> be seeing so that he can draw conclusions since many labs 
> require students 
> to be able to see in order to "understand" what is going on.
> If you have had a blind student in Chemisty Lab, I would 
> appreciate any help 
> that you can give me.
> Have a great weekend,
> Janet Burgess
> Science Hill High School
> Johnson City, TN 

Robert E. Belford
Department of Chemistry
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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