I lost some vision. Should I tell my students?
I find this really hard. I feel rather shy and I’m not sure what the standard approach is.
I’ve told my employer, and I’ve told colleagues – they need to know – but not students. I’ve been worrying a bit about whether I ought to.
At first I supposed there would be some standard advice I could follow but I don’t think there is much, and on reflection every case is different so probably it would be hard to write.
Because I don’t always meet students face to face – the OU is a distance learning university and we interact more online – students have no way to tell I have an impairment. It might not be that obvious anyway, even if we meet in person.
I haven’t said anything to students because I’m anxious in case they feel awkward, or wonder if they should present their work in some special way, or do something else differently. But there’s no need for anything like that.
On the other hand, saying a little about my condition could help people understand better how disabilities affect study. It could also encourage students to disclose disabilities.
Thanks Teddy! I did all the talking but you were a great listener.
Still not sure what to do though. I may have to ask the Rubber Duck.