Transcript: Betty Hurst
Betty Hurst, a first-grade teacher in Nashville, Tennessee, had a student with a visual disability in her class several years ago. Listen as she describes her own experience teaching this student (time: 0:56).
I had never really worked with a child that was totally blind. I’d had a child many years ago that had lost one eye to cancer, and so he was considered legally blind. And I knew how to work with that type of vision child. But totally blind, I just really kind of had to adjust my thinking, go into another like left-brain area to pull some activities from my head. But it was kind of difficult at first to readjust some of my thinking, but not that bad. Because, you know, I felt like she needed to have her needs met just like everybody else. So I talked with the vision teacher some and, actually, just kind of felt my way through the year. But as the year progressed, by the two or three months, all nervousness was completely gone. It was a very comfortable setting. The children adapted to her very well, and she seemed to really pick up learning. And I didn’t want anybody to take my time away from her because that was so special to me.