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Seeing the Future: A Proposed Resource for Students with Vision Impairments. www.veroniiiica.com

Seeing the Future: A Proposed Resource for Students with Vision Impairments

Last year, I wrote a policy idea that won the "10 Ideas" yearly policywriting contest that is hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, a student-run think tank. My...
Eight things I am glad my TVI taught me about transition. www.veroniiiica.com

Eight Things I'm glad My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how...
Ten things I wish my TVI taught me about transition. www.veroniiiica.com

Ten Things I Wish My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how...
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Coding Club Activity: SAS CodeSnaps and Sphero Robot

Cheers erupted when the girls' team and then the boys' team successfully coded their Sphero robots on a route around an obstacle. The Coding Club at the...
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I Have VI Technology, Now What?

I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2019 DC/MD annual AER conference.  My presentation focused on common issues that TVIs and service providers faced when...
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Improved View in MS Word!

Microsoft Word is one of the most used programs in the world, a productivity juggernaut of a program within the Microsoft Office suite.  Inevitably, we are all...
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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

APH has created a web-based app for digital accessible crossword puzzles! These puzzles are fully accessible on your preferred device - the puzzles can be...
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How to Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows

Yesterday, I was helping my friend set up their new computer and they asked me how to create custom keyboard shortcuts in Windows. They were telling me that...
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3D Printing with Playgrounds Apps

One of my students who is a dual media learner with extremely low vision but still has use of their functional vision is currently learning how to code using...
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Reading Independent Titles with Kindle Unlimited

Recently, one of my former teachers self-published a novel on Amazon, and my friend asked me if I would be able to read it in an accessible format. Luckily, I...
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Fast Facts About Tactile Pavement

On March 18, 2019, the Google homepage featured an image that shows a blindness cane user standing on tactile pavement, with the word "Google" written across...
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Laugh and Learn: Learning Letters Puppy App Review

Most apps created for toddlers and preschool children are designed to be entertaining with colorful, non-cluttered layouts, have music/interesting sounds, use...
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Understanding Service Dog Training with Technology

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to one of my faculty mentors about their service dog. Some of the topics we discussed included the importance of service...
Playing in GMU Green Machine Pep Band with Vision Impairment. www.veroniiiica.com

Playing in GMU Green Machine Pep Band with Vision Impairment

One of the fun facts I like to share about myself is that I play bass clarinet for my school pep band, the GMU Green Machine. Anyone who is from the area is...
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Ballyland Code 2: Give Rotor

Just released! Ballyland Code 2: Give Rotor is the second, fully accessible coding concept game for young children. The first game, Ballyland Code 1: Say Hello...
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Dr. Seuss: Hop on Pop Interactive eBook App

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place every on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss and his...
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ZoomText Basics

Zoomtext is a screen magnifier for Microsoft Windows - available for PCs and Macs - developed by Ai Squared. ZoomText is available in two editions: ZoomText...
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Cough Drop AAC App

I have recently been exploring the Cough Drop AAC app, available on Android and iOS, for several of my students who are both verbal with limited language...
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Choosing a Computer Mouse with Low Vision

In the past few days, a lot of people have been asking me about choosing a computer mouse with low vision and how to make computer mice accessible for vision...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 4

Let the student drive It is important to let your student be the person interacting with the device during practice sessions. The ability to control when...
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NFB EQ Camp Registration

Attention Blind and Low-vision Students: Explore. Connect. Attend NFB EQ! Join the National Federation of the Blind at our NFB Engineering Quotient (EQ)...
My Experience at ATIA 2019. www.veroniiiica.com

My Experience at ATIA 2019

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the ATIA 2019 Conference in Orlando, Florida. I was able to find out about the latest and greatest emerging...
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Low Vision Accessibility Settings for MacBooks

It's no secret that I love my Surface laptop for college. Recently, a growing number of my friends who have low vision have started to use MacBooks in the...
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Equatio and Google Docs Tutorial

Equatio is a digital math editor that is created by the company Texthelp, the makers of Read&Write. Equatio provides students multiple ways to input math...
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YouDescribe Audio Described YouTube Videos Review

As someone with low vision and a strong sensitivity to flashing lights, I rely on very observant friends and audio description services to be able to watch...
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Popular Blind YouTubers

Want to learn how to ______? Just YouTube it! Do-it-Yourself projects are popular YouTube videos in this digital information age. Learn how to cook, build a...
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Access to High-level Mathematics Using LaTeX

In my short time as a vision teacher and assistive technology specialist, I have come to appreciate the vast lengths that developers have gone to in order to...
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Braille Tutor: App Review (Updated)

I am always on the look-out for fun ways to teach/practice braille skills. For print students, there are literally hundreds of educational apps that encourage...
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Algebra By Hand: A Web-based Tool

At Learn By Hand, we set out to create a web-based tool that would allow visually impaired students to independently practice algebra skills. Our first step...
How I use my phone for Orientation and Mobility. www.veroniiiica.com

How I Use My Phone for Orientation and Mobility

Over the weekend, an image went viral of a woman holding a blindness cane and using a phone at the same time. Many people assumed that the woman was faking her...
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Coursicle Class Scheduling App Review

A few semesters ago, I had to switch around a bunch of my classes. I went through my school's class database and made notes of the new classes I wanted to take...
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Apple's New Accessible Coding Resources for Swift Playgrounds

Apple's Press Release January 24, 2019: Today, we are excited to announce new accessible coding resources. You may recall we’d announced last May we were...
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Using the Writing Wizard App with Students Who Are Low Vision and Have CVI

The Writing Wizard app is an early education app that is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon, and the Microsoft Store.  Writing Wizard...
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Seven Myths about Schools for the Blind

When I visited Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) to talk about assistive technology, I admit that I wasn't sure what to expect from a...
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Touring Colleges with Virtual Reality

As technology continues to evolve, future college students now have an additional way to search for higher education by touring colleges with virtual reality....
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Tips for Be My Eyes Volunteers from a Vision Impaired User

Since he is used to helping me with various tasks, my brother decided to download the Be My Eyes app and learn how to be a Be My Eyes volunteer. I use the Be...
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12 Safe Alternatives to the Bird Box Challenge

In recent times, I have seen a new social media trend flooding my timeline called the Bird Box Challenge (#BirdBoxChallenge). The concept of the challenge is...
Ten Fun Facts about Braille for World Braille Day 2019. www.veroniiiica.com

Ten Facts about Braille for World Braille Day

Happy World Braille Day! Today is the first ever celebration of World Braille Day, and people from all over the world are celebrating, especially people who...
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Create Embosser Ready Graphs Directly From Desmos

We all know the importance of accessible materials for our blind and low vision students. So much time and hard work whether it be from a TVI, Braillest or any...
Be My Eyes App Review. www.veroniiiica.com

Be My Eyes App Review

During my senior year of high school, I was researching assistive technology apps and found a Be My Eyes review. I was interested in the concept of having a...

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