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Interview with Anna Trotman, December 14, 2018

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:24 - Early life and education

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Partial Transcript: You're welcome. I was born in 1981 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Segment Synopsis: Trotman describes having numerous health problems as a child including jaundice, spasmus nutans from chickenpox, retinitis pigmentosa, and kidney failure. She talks about her worsening eyesight due to pseudotumor cerebri, a false tumor that puts pressure on the right optic nerve. She mentions attending the University of Alabama for a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling. She talks about attending the E.H. Gentry Technical Facility where she was introduced to braille.

Keywords: Centerville Elementary; Gwinnett County, Georgia; Montgomery, Alabama; Shiloh Elementary; Shiloh High School; Shiloh Middle School; blood clots; deaf; depth perception; disability community; hearing aids; hospitals; kidney dialysis; kidney donor; optic nerve; speech therapy; spinal taps; surgery; visual impairment

00:04:23 - Career

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Partial Transcript: From there, I didn't really know what to do. My parents had always taught me that, even if you have obstacles in your life, you don't give up.

Segment Synopsis: Trotman describes teaching braille to adults at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. She talks about attending the Louisiana Center for the Blind in order to train to be a vocational rehabilitation counselor and then working for the Iowa Department of Blind. She discusses her current job at the Center for the Visually Impaired where she teaches adults braille and helps them apply for programs offered through Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS).

Keywords: Bookshare; Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD); braille books; braille instructor; home management skills; mentors; talking books; white cane skills; work experience