Happy Easter Everyone..

Hi Blog world,

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter.  My Easter was spent having fun with my family.  After a lite lunch, filled with ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, potato salad, hot rolls, and cake and ice cream, my cousins, grandparents and I went to the beach.

While at the beach, my little cousins and I played in the sand.  We made all different kinds of molds, and built sand castles.  My older cousins also took me out to the water. I love the water, even though the waves were big and I did get knocked down a few times I still had a blast.

Happy Easter everyone!

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

Night Blindness

Hi Blog world,

I just wanted to drop a line about one of my vision problems: Night Blindness.  I was diagnosed with this eye problem last May.  For those of you that don’t know about Night Blindness, according to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003039.htm, “Night blindness is poor vision at night or in dim light.”

Because of my night blindness, I was told that I would have to use a white cane at night.  Night blindness can be very scary for me; there has been times when I have almost fallen, or have even ran into a glass door because I didn’t see it.  I sometimes feel sad too.

Because we caught this early there are things we can do to try to help my night blindness, such as making sure I take my vitamins and using my eye drops.  But the best defense against night blindness is to prevent it.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

 

Web casting, backwards reading, and the Dyslexic joke

Hi Blog World,

Today, in my New Media Tech class, we got to go to the local WSRE station and record our own web cast show.  We got to take turns, running the teleprompter, video recorder, and being the news anchor.  For those who don’t know when the script of the teleprompter is running the person running needs to be careful and follow along closely because the words are all backward.  Many of my classmates had a hard time reading the script because of this fact.  They were not alone; because the font was green when I got to run the teleprompter I could not easily follow the script. My classmates got to see what it is like for me to read on a daily basis because of my Dyslexia. When I told my classmates that this is what it is like for me to read on a daily basics one of my classmates said, “Well, I guess I am Dyslexic now.”  We all laughed.  I liked the fact that we were able to joke.

I think that the time in the WSRE studio, gave me a chance to look at my career path. Because the lights in the studio was bright, the fact that I felt nervous in front of the camera,  and because I like writing stories for the paper I think I am going to major in print reporting.

Before I close, I wanted to tell you about my weekend.  First, I got four more fish for my ten gallon fish tank. I got three blue Guppies, and one Dalmatian Molly, sadly the day after I got the fish, one of my guppies died because he got stuck in the filter. The rest of my fish are doing well though.

Lastly, I got signed up for my last term at the local college, and I also got signed up for the classes at the local university even though I have to sign up for one more class because of my reporting classes were closed.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

Spring Break and a big announcement

Hi Blog world,

I just wanted to publish a quick update.  I am now on spring break for this week I am going to just stay at home and hangout.  I don’t have any plans.  Today, I have been doing my chores and now I am watching a movie.

Now for my two big announcements: first, I am going to get my audio sideshow on the school’s newspaper website! Wow! I was so happy when I found out that it was going to be published. I worked really hard on it.  I will post the link under my audio slide show tab.  My second announcement is: I got into the local University.  I am so excited for next fall!

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Dyslexia

Hi Blog world,

I just wanted to take a moment and talk about my second disability-Dyslexia.  For those that would like to know, according to http://www.medicinenet.com/dyslexia/article.htm “Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects a person’s ability to read and write, and spell.” I was diagnosed with Dyslexia went I was in second grade.  I don’t remember very much about my training other than we used to card to help use learn the sounds of letters.  Because of this early training, I was taught how to read, but not how to spell.

Spelling and misuse of words, has been my biggest struggle in school.  It takes me a long time for me to edit my work and still sometimes I still don’t get all of my wording or spelling right.  Click on this video link to see  an example of what it’s like to have this disability, and what it’s like for me to write some of my work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbiD7VDz9oA

Many of my friends say that because I have Dyslexia, I have my own special language, which we joke-ling call “Amanda Language.” When you get to learn how to read my language, it mostly is easy to translate, even though sometime it can’t be translated back into Standard English.  It makes my very upset when I can’t get the word that I want down on paper, or that I have to use a low vocabulary to say what I want.  I know that I am very smart, and even though it takes me longer to work within my language problems I can write, and read, and even though I can’t always get my spelling right.

There is hope for those who have Dyslexia scientist and researchers are working around the clock to find ways to help us learn to deal with our disability, why our disability is occurring, and hopefully one day find a cure for it.

If anyone has any question please ask in the comments below,

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene