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Blind Student
Blind Student
Item IDEgyptian19611110blind3.tif
TitleBlind Student
AuthorBy Linda Ballou
DescriptionBill attends regular classes at Southern, takes notes in Braille, with he aid of a small specially designed device
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1961 November 10
Volume43
Issue16
Page(s)2
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionUniversity Archives: Daily Egyptian Diversity Articles Index
Transcriptof personality they have, simply by the words they speak.
Bill attends regular classes at Southern, takes notes in Braille, with he aid of a small specially designed device, and does his assignments with the aid of a type writer.
Discussing classes, Bill admits his chet difficulty in school is expressing himself on paper. "most schools for the blind fail in teaching English, " he says. "The schools in Illinois do an especially poor job."
Students are taught to abbreviate in Braille with a type o shorthand which makes conventional spelling very difficult to learn, "
Pat Brown, a sophomore speech major from Metropolis, spends afternoons with Bill reading his text assignments to him and helping him with anything she can.
PLAYS PIANO AND DRUMS
Like every ether college student. Bill takes time off from studying now and then to enjoy his other
interests which include dancing, playing the piano or drums, and singing. He also likes to get into a card game, and uses his own special Braille cards.
Bill has few complaints, and does not really consider himself handicapped by his lack of sight.
"At rare times I feel bitter, " he confesses, "like when I meet a girl I would like to take Out, but find that she doesn't understand
blindness."
A blind person is still an individual. Not all blind students are alike." Bill feels that a lack of understandrng on this point one of the chief difficulties that a blind student will encounter on a college campus
"However." Bill says, "with the proper training, a blind student can do anything his fellow classmates can."
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