Six Word Horror Stories for Students with Low Vision

Some of my experiences in high school can be described as horror stories. Since I don't like to dwell on the past, or make my blog a place where I can complain about my impairment, I decided to sum up my most awful school experiences in six words or less, in the spirit of Halloween.

  1. Anonymous survey, here's large print
  2. School starts September, textbooks in January
  3. Can't see? Here's a zero
  4. Everyone gets calculators, except for you
  5. You're so high functioning
  6. No large print at library
  7. Magnification lock, can't zoom in
  8. I forgot to enlarge your work
  9. Final exam, nine point font
  10. You don't need that enlarged
  11. Fill out this Scantron
  12. You have glasses, can't you see?
  13. No electronics in class
  14. I think you can see that
  15. It's not fair to other students
  16. No textbooks for you
  17. I think it's large enough
  18. I don't have time for IEP (or 504, or SAP)
  19. Oral chemistry quiz
  20. No lab partner, unfair to them
  21. Whataya mean you don't drive?
  22. I think you can drive
  23. You must take driver's ed
  24. Can see the phone, not paper
  25. And now, we're playing volleyball
  26. I think you can take gym
  27. Large print doesn't exist, try harder
  28. Not vision impaired, vision empowered
  29. Forgot your test, come back tomorrow
  30. Twenty minutes late, finish on time
  31. You will sit in the back
  32. Sit in hall, assignment too distracting
  33. She's stupid, she can't see
  34. AP and IEP can't coexist
  35. Large print unfair to other students
  36. I don't care you were forgotten 
  37. You don't need extra test time
  38. You won't graduate if you stay
  39. Take off tinted glasses inside
  40. Paper big, desk small, use floor
  41. Inaccessible standardized test
  42. Walks into the wrong bathroom
  43. You cheated off someone behind you
  44. Pen bled through paper, grade 50%
  45. Case manager gone, can't help you
  46. No way we can include you
  47. Pothole outside bus goes unnoticed
  48. You're too young for bad eyes
  49. Ran into door again
  50. You don't belong here. Go away.

As I got this post ready for publishing, I shared some of the items on the list with various people with low vision, all who had similar experiences. These stories are not unique to me or to my geographic location, either. In time, my hope is that these types of incidents will happen less frequently, and the future will be inclusive of those with disabilities.


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