From: Jim A Portillo (ab392@rgfn.epcc.Edu)
Date: Thu Aug 24 1995 - 13:46:27 PDT

        My name is Jim and I'm new to this list. I have a couple
of questions which maybe the people in this group could help me
with dealing with Math and Science classes at the college level.
        I'll be taking college Algebra this semester (which is
next week). I'd like any tips or suggestions on taking the class
and being able to fully participate in it. In High school, I had
my materials in braille and very lenient teachers who only
counted tests. In college, I won't have anything in braille and
I'm not sure how lenient professors will be. What kind of
equipment would be best for me to use in my Algebra class. Will
I have to rely solely on readers and note takers to get me
through the class, or will I also be able to take notes?
Actually, what were some of the note taking methods anyone used
for taking Math notes (braille, tape, etc)? How much can a slate
and an abacus help?
        My other question is very similar except that it deals
with a Biology class and a lab. I have no idea how lab classes
work or what I will be able to do in the class. What can a blind
person do in the lab? I know interpretation of pictures and
diagrams is out, right?
        What expectations can I put on myself and what can
teachers expect so that I can be successful in these classes?
What alternative techniques will help me besides Braille? Any
suggestions, stories, methods, etc will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot.

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