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TEACHERS.NET GAZETTE
Volume 3 Number 9

COVER STORY
U.S.Coast Guard AVDET 157 welcomes the opportunity during deployment to the South Pole to communicate with classrooms across the United States. Throughout the voyage, aviation personnel will correspond with schools that are interested in Operation Deep Freeze...
ARTICLES
Teachers.Net Teams with U.S. Coast Guard Operation Deep Freeze from The Editor, Kathleen Carpenter
Homework as an Issue in American Politics by Etta Kralovec & John Buell
Preparing for the One Year Anniversary by David J. Schonfeld, MD
The Anniversary of September 11th: Teachers' Guide for Talking to Your Students from the National Center For Children Exposed To Violence
Books About September 11, 2001 by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor
Privacy in a Technological Age by Dr. Rob Reilly
Relational Discipline by Bill Page
Teachers Are Individuals Too by Bill Page
Veteran Educators Share Tips for New Teachers Compiled by Jerry Taylor
Learning Centers - 3 Helpful Threads from the NEW Learning Centers Chatboard
Bits and Pieces - Various Small Articles by The Teachers.Net Community
  • For School Administrators and Teachers:
    A Book and Planting Activity for Beginning the School Year
  • Ideas for Open House
  • Breaking the Ice in 7th Grade
  • Book Recommendation
  • Favorite Kid Quotes
  • Uses for Old Business Cards
  • What Makes a Truly Great Principal? A chatboard survey initiated by "TLC"
    A Word Wall Story by Louise/2/Albuquerque
    Teaching Gayle To Read (Part 7) by Grace Vyduna-Haskins
    Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters by JoAnn Deak
    Dear Old Golden Rule Days, Chapter 3 - Music by Janet Farquhar
    Emphasis On Testing Leads To Sacrifices In Other Areas by Alfie Kohn
    Pension Loophole Exploited by Allen Pusey - The Dallas Morning News
    Focus on After-School Time for Violence Prevention from: ERIC Clearinghouse
    Beyond Books: Making the Most of Today's Library Resources by Cindy Rogers
    Master Teachers Have Healthy Self-Esteems by Glenn Dietzel
    Distance Learning and Disabled Students by Jeff Redding
    September Columns
    September Regular Features
    September Informational Items
    Gazette Home Delivery:

    About Jeff Redding...

    Jeff Redding has been a Disabled Veteran since 1993 because of low vision. His interests include monitoring various e-mail lists and assisting people in locating information. He also enjoys fishing, camping, and traveling.


    Teacher Feature...

    Distance Learning and Disabled Students

    by Jeff Redding


    I am writing about my experience as a disabled student. I started attending my local community college in 1995 as part of my vocational rehabilitation program with the Veterans Administration.

    During a two year period I attended school, I wanted to finish what I started. Unfortunately, I only completed about 30 credit hours and was dropped from the program.

    My disability was vision impairment, I am not totally blind, but I need adaptive equipment in order to read. Driving myself to school was no longer an option.

    Prior to attending school I had a background in Administration, Marketing, and Management. Twelve years as a Yeoman in the Navy, a short term as a U. S. Commerce Reprehensive, and three years as a Fund Raising Telemarketing Manager gave me plenty of confidence in my abilities. I didnít feel disabled.

    My first year of school was filled with access problems. It was hard to get adaptive equipment; reading text books was very time consuming. By my second year I had solved my access problems, but I still had time problems.

    In order to participate in the VAís Voc Rehab program I was required to attend school full time. This was very difficult for me. The Community College I was attending was in the next town over. It took me four buses and two hours one way to get to school.

    Rather than having my GPA drop, I dropped classes. However, this would also result in my being dropped from the VAís Voc Rehab Program since I was no longer attending full time.

    I thought I found a solution with Distance Learning. However, this was 1995-6 and the VA was not into Distance Learning. I had requested to attend Thomas Edison State College, which was one of the first schools to offer accredited distance learning courses online. They even offered credit for Life Experience, I had plenty of that and could have probably attained a bunch of credits for my previous experience.

    The VA denied my request to attend a Distance Learning School. My counsel actually told me that it would be good for me to attend class and learn social skills. This upset me, I donít have a social problem, I have a vision problem. I think the cost had more to do with the denial than anything else.

    This little setback didnít stop me from learning. With the help of the Internet and some other blind people I met online, I learned how to design websites and use the latest in Internet communication technology.

    Since 1996 I have been developing and designing websites. I donít make money, but I think I will in the future. I am quenching my thirst for knowledge on the Internet. I have learned a lot.

    My websites get about 50,000 page views per month. That is about 20,000 people that regularly visit my websites every month. I am happy that I have accomplished this much.

    Most of my visitors go to Linkable.org. This website links together the Personal Websites of PEOPLE who happen to have a disability.
    http://www.linkable.org

    Another popular website I designed is:
    http://iStayInformed.com

    This website has over 400 pages of News Feeds which are updated every 15 minutes.

    I am writing now because of my new website/project.
    http://DistanceLearningClassrooms.com

    Please check it out! You will learn about using live voice chat and much more to enhance your distance learning capabilities. Blind people use this technology to teach other blind people online. We want the sighted online distance teaching community to embrace this technology.

    Donít be afraid of new technology, it is helpful technology! (It is not really new, blind people have been using this for years.)

    Education is for everyone! Help you school give everyone access!


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