Jildardo’s educational goal is to become a high school history teacher. His interest stems from the influence and experience he received from both his high school and Glendale Community College history instructors. In a relatively short amount of time, he is completing his transfer requirements for the CSU system. This may seem to be a routine educational progress, but Jildardo’s task was just a little more challenging due to the fact that he is blind. He has worked with GCC’s Instructional Assistance Center to receive tutoring and proctoring services, and the High-Tech Center has assisted him with a variety of services to convert his course materials into usable alternative formats. Most textbooks are converted into audio files that he stores on his computer, but he still enjoys Braille when reading for pleasure.
The most difficult task along the way was converting his math textbooks into a suitable format. This process involved the assistance of GCC’s Math Department and the Chancellor’s Office Alternate Text Production Center. Jildardo also assisted our Assessment Center with creating Braille versions of placement tests. He is very pleased now that he has the tools and capability to “scan” textbooks on his own. This will definitely allow him to expedite the process for his continuing education.
In his senior year of high school, Jildardo won an essay contest sponsored by the Foundation for the Junior Blind, allowing him to spend two weeks in Washington D.C. with a dozen other students. He also enjoys playing the guitar. Jildardo plans to transfer to a CSU campus in spring 2004, and has an increasing interest in the San Francisco campus “so that he can see a little more of what’s out there!”