Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 199
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 199

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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Print : name, address, zip code, pat"tem number and size. Include an extra 751 plus 251 for postage and handling for PARADE'S PATTERN BOOK. Allow three weeks for delivery. [GENERAL OFFICES, 1150 AVE. OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK. N.Y. 10036.1 12 , CONTINUED Her fellow students help her" by keeping carbon copies of their classroom notes. These are then reproduced in Braille for Beth by Mrs. Judy Goldsmith, a teacher of the visually handicapped who visits the school regularly. Says one of-Beth's note^taking classmates, Rosemarie Coviello: "Beth has a wonderful personality. It makes no difference that she's blind. Yes, I help her as much as I can, but she's also helped me. I can't slough off or be lazy with _her around. I pay more attention in class because I take notes for her. She's . made me a better student." Acting Principal Kenneth Meyeradds: "Beth Terranova has been good for Har. rison High School. She's been an inspiration to me and to every one of her teachers." Timid at first It has not been all roses for Beth. When she entered first grade at the Harrison Avenue School she was terrified and timid. But with the patient help of Mrs. Beatrice Jacobson, teacher-consultant for the visually handicapped,'and Mrs. Anne Goerner, her first-grade teacher, Beth gradually blossomed. By the'fourth grade she was fully adjusted and, equally important, accepted by both schoolmates and teachers. By the time she started high school, she was very nearly just another student--although an unusually bright one. But being blind means that Beth has to work harder and longer than other students. When she gets home to the modest, two-story frame Terranova house, she puts in another four to six hours in what she calls "my second school day." She transcribes class notes from the tape recorder into Braille with a machine called a Brailler. She either types . out her own homework or dictates it to her mother, who writes it out in longhand. Beth has her own Braille library, including several popular magazines and books by Mark Twain, Jack London and others. She also has a 35-volume Braille edition of Webster's Student Dictionary, which she frequently consults. She takes piano and ballet lessons. Beth, who was born blind as a result of a condition called retrolental fibro- plasia, says that one of her favorite recreations is taking auto rides with her parents, who describe the scenery. Visualizes scenery "I can picture what they describe," says Beth. "If it's a tree I can visualize its rough bark. I can even 'see.' colors-for example, I visualize red as flamingi bright, brilliant, bold. I can picture .birds in detail--their spindly legs; sharp, clawed feet; strong bodies; feathers and beaks, and how they spread their wings and fly. I can fill out all sorts of details. People are sometimes quite surprised at how accurately I describe." Beth utilizes such aids as a tape recorder in class, but she has done the same work and taken the same tests as the other pupils in school. Here Beth practices piano at home. Her wide range of outside activities also includes ballet lessons. Next step: out-of-town college. Beth feels she's "a mature person" who has overcome her timidity at being with other people and gained confidence in her own abilities. She ascribes much of this to having been educated in normal surroundings. "Had I gone to a blind school or into a special class or environment," she says, "I'd have been segregated or overprotected. It would have been impossible to face life in the sighted world." Beth's parents naturally are pleased that their decision not to give Beth a "special" education has worked out. Her father, a retired pharmacist who now works part-time, and her mother both observed that even as a baby she was bright, alert and quick to learn. "We decided from the beginning that we were going to treat Beth as normally as possible," says Mrs. Terranova. "As soon as she was old enough to walk, .we began to take her around the neighborhood and tell her what things were--to teach her to 'see' with her mind." The parents convinced then Superintendent of Schools Louis M. Klein that Beth ' could make the grade in a regular school environment. Now, 12 years later, Beth Terranova can say: "If I were given the opportunity today of being able to see, I might not take it. I'm used to blindness; I've come to terms with it." Law or journalism? Beth isn't sure what she'd like to do eventually, but she says that marriage and a family are "very far from my mind right now." Law has been suggested to her as a possible profession, but sometimes she thinks she'd like to go into radio broadcasting either as an announcer or a news writer. Right now, she's like millions of other Americans--a bright high school student preparing to go away to college next fall. It's a big move and a big change--new studies, new people, new environment. "I'm not scared," Beth Terranova says--and she convinces you that she really isn't.

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