Caption: [Accommodations at Work]
Randy is sitting in his office cubicle. He’s wearing a headpiece
microphone and facing the computer.
Randy: “ITS Help Desk, this is Randy.”
Narrator: “Randy H. has been blind since birth. He’s also
the kind of person who expects things to turn out well. He works as
a computer help-desk analyst in a major corporation, a job he started
immediately after college.”
Randy ‘s service dog is laying behind him on the floor while
Randy works. Next, a shot of him facing the camera is shown as he talks.
Randy: “My personal opinion is that that silver lining that everybody
talks about it there. You’ve just got to know how to get to it.
And sometimes it take some work.”
Randy is shown, at a younger age, working in a computer lab among other
Narrator: “Randy’s goals were to earn a bachelor’s
degree and work in the computer field. To get there, he used a computer
with screen reader software and a speech synthesizer, which read aloud
the text that appeared on his screen. He had to learn to interface his
own adaptive technology with a variety of computer systems, first at
school, and later at work.”
Randy is shown at his work computer again.
Randy: “I take the same adaptive equipment with me. And so I
learn a few more tricks about it in adapting to the new situation.”
[Randy laughs while petting his dog]
Narrator: “Eventually, Randy plans to complete a master’s
degree. He has high expectations for himself. He learned that from his
Randy is facing the camera.
Randy: “First of all, they mainstreamed me from the beginning.
And along with mainstreaming, they pushed me really hard. They expected
the same from me as they expected from my sister, who was without disabilities.
I did everything that any other student did, and I was basically treated
the same by my teachers and, to an extent, my peers.”
[Used with permission from:
University of Washington
Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
These clips are from “Taking Charge: Stories of Success &
Self-Determination” Copyrighted 2001]