[access-uk] Re: first day at work placement

This is proving an interesting thread . . ..

Justin, I suggest you make up a list of the things you have done that
you feel able to do and then a list of the things that, perhaps, you'd
like to do (hopefully a learning curve).  Finally, be sure to try to
explain to those who give you the work why it's proving
difficult/impossible so that they know you're trying . . ..


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Justin

Andrew's comments are of a more practical nature than those of mine
which follow.

Try to be pro-active and positive without being too self-effacing.

The end result may be a job for you, but in the worse case you can be an
advocate and show to your temporary colleagues that visual impairment is
a huge inconvenience with hurdles to overcome rather them be barriers.

Being overtly V.I. May build barriers.

Overall, continue to be positive and learn from their and your own
experiences.

a little saying which I much like is:
'their is nothing that is a problem, just an inconvenience which needs
to be resolved!'


David

In message <6FFFA2776017EB4DB8FCBD7597953E8D040E2B@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
org>, Andrew Hodgson <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes
>Justin,
>
>That is really a sensible project to give a VI person, poster 
>designing. At least when I did work placement at Worcestershire, I was 
>given networking stuff to do (a lot more than I actually get at my paid

>job). A couple of points:
>
>1.  If doing poster design etc, you really could do with a bigger 
>monitor, though that much is obvious.  When I was at Worcestershire, 
>they gave me a 21 CRT monitor, which I never really used.  Bet you 
>could do with that eh?  I now have a 17 inch flat pannel monitor, again

>not 100% useful, but this is the first time I have seen someone 
>provided with such a small screen.
>
>2.  There is a definate issue re VI people turning up to a computer, 
>and trying to work out what another person has done with the sound 
>settings. This made our access tech machines unusable without some 
>sight at first at uni, and I suspect this will be an issue for a long 
>time to come. The issue is there are so many ways of disabling/shutting

>up the sound card, especially when at uni you have to plug in the 
>headphones in specific ports due to security cabinets surrounding the 
>computer case, and the volume controls for those ports (on the 
>monitors) being controled by an on-screen display on the monitor!
>
>Andrew.
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