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Our Cooking Adventure is Done... So Now What??

Assistive Tech for The Win! Up to this point, the content we’ve put out on this blog page has mostly about cooking. However, our wonderful meal kit delivery...
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Preparing Middle School and High School Students with VIB for Remote Learning

Since our state has moved to remote learning while all public schools are closed for a minimum of three weeks because of the Coronavirus, students have had to...
A to Z Assistive Technology for Low Vision. www.veroniiiica.com

A to Z of Assistive Technology for Low Vision

When I first started exploring the world of assistive technology, I found myself getting frequently overwhelmed with how many different items were available...
Images of 3 logos (JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver) and 3 devices (iPhone, Brailliant 40 braille display, & Polaris braille notetaker)

Tech Skills for College Bound Students

My colleague, Adrienne Shoemaker and I completed a presentation at the NEAER Conference in New Hampshire this past November titled Tech Skills for the College...
How to recognized phishing attempts with vision impairment.www.veroniiiica.com

How to Recognize Phishing Attempts with Vision Impairment

Yesterday, I received a phishing attempt in my email that was telling me about a file that someone had shared with me. The email asked me to click on a link to...
Brainfuse online tutoring review. www.veroniiiica.com

Brainfuse Online Tutoring Review

This semester, I discovered that I need some extra help with some of my data science coursework involving physics and statistics, so I went looking for online...
Ipad displaying Chapter 3 of A Very Wimpy Kid with two-fingers making the Read All VoiceOver gesture.

Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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From a Distance Part 1: Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer

I’ve always had low vision.  I never knew anything different, and frankly I think a lot of the experiences I had as a young woman with low vision shaped who I...
Photo of Smiling man sitting at the help desk with text, "Sam's Story: Tech Support"

Be My Eyes: Microsoft Tech Support Story

Sam is a tech support agent at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, where he answers calls from customers who are blind or have low-vision calling through the...
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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...
Photo of stop watch with text, "Teaching 600 WPM: Part 3"

How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 3

Use content that fascinates The most important criterion for choosing content that your student will use to practice reading speed is the degree to which the...
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...
Eight Ways to Read Handwritten Cards with Assistive Technology. www.veroniiiica.com

Eight Ways to Read Handwritten Cards with Assistive Technology

Yesterday, a close friend of mine gave me a handwritten card. They were worried at first that I would have trouble reading it, as they weren't sure if there...
Image of a stop watch with text, "Teaching 600 WPM: Part 1".

How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 1

This series on increasing auditory reading speed is based on a master-apprentice model. In this case, successful professionals with visual impairments like me...
SoloLearn Programming App Review.www.veroniiiica.com

SoloLearn Programming App Review

I've been working towards learning more about programming and coding languages outside of the classroom, because I want to stand out more when applying for...
Using assistive technology with Hour of Code. www.veroniiiica.com

Using Assistive Technology with Hour of Code

Today is a special day, because thousands of students from all around the world are going to be introduced to computer science for the first time with Hour of...
Responds Lockdown Browser Accessibility for Vision Impairment. www.veroniiiica.com

Respondus LockDown Browser Accessibility for Visual Impairment

Since the start of my freshman year at my university, I have taken over a dozen online classes- read more about why and how in my post about virtual college...
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The Power of Not Knowing

I was introduced to Braille in elementary school when we knew I had a visual impairment that was impacting my ability to read, but we didn’t have a diagnosis....
How do people with vision impairments use emoji? www.veroniiiica.com

How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Use Emoji?

Every time I turn around, I feel like I am seeing people use emoji, which have become a defining pop culture element of today's society. People of all ages are...
Aira for Low Vision Review. www.veroniiiica.com

Aira For Low Vision Review

Several months ago, I was attending a small assistive technology conference in Washington, DC. After having played with a variety of different technologies, I...
Hoonuit Free Technology Tutorials Review. www.veroniiiica.com

Hoonuit Free Technology Tutorials Review

In recent times, I have been exploring a variety of virtual resources that libraries make available to library cardholders for free, inspired by one of my...
Capti Voice Narrator App Review. www.veroniiiica.com

Capti Voice Narrator App Review

Earlier today, I realized that I had to read a long online article before going to a lecture. This task sounded very tiring, since I had just finished a two...
Ten technology skills every college student needs. www.veroniiiica.com

Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs

As a college student studying information technology, I have had the opportunity to help many friends and friends of friends with their technology issues over...
5 Calculator apps that help students with low vision in the classroom. www.veroniiiica.com

Five Calculator Apps that Help Students with Low Vision in the Classroom

It is incredibly frustrating when a visually impaired student is not able to use a calculator in the math classroom with the rest of their peers, all because...
Five myths about technology. www.veroniiiica.com

Five Myths about Assistive Technology

As an assistive technology student, I have encountered a lot of interesting assumptions and false information about what assistive technology is (read more...
Screenshot of Google Maps on iPhone displaying bus route options with Depart at tab highlighted.

Google Maps: Bus and Train Stations

Smart phones are used for navigation purposes by everyone, including people who are visually impaired. Google Maps has some interesting bus and train transit...
RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review. www.veroniiiica.com

RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review

RBDigital Magazines, sometimes referred to as Zinio for Libraries, has been all over my Twitter feed this week as users look to use online app services on...
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Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many...
How I use IFTT; how I created custom skills at no cost for my Amazon Alexa, phone and more. www.veroniiiica.com

How I use IFTTT (If This, Then That)

When I first received my Amazon Echo Dot (full review here), I was wondering how I could link it to my phone- specifically, if I could use the voice-controlled...
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Use Adobe Fill and Sign to Scan and Complete Print Documents

An age old issue that TVIs face is the matter of general education teachers providing students who have low vision with regular sized, print worksheets.  The...
Make Vision Count: Vision Impairment Starter Kit: A crash course in low vision and blindness resources. www.veroniiiica.com

Make Vision Count: Vision Impairment Starter Kit

On the second Thursday of October, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness celebrates World Sight Day, which coincides with National Blindness...
Why every student needs Microsoft Office Lens. www.veroniiiica.com

Why Every Student Needs Microsoft Office Lens

I was getting ready to complete an assignment the other day, and discovered that I couldn't see the copy that was provided for me. My professor started to...
Deirdre Watkins, teacher of the visually impaired

Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their...
How do people with low vision use the bus system? How to  master college and city buses.  www.veroniiica.org

How Do People with Low Vision use the Bus System?

Like a lot of students, I didn't bring a car with me to college.  Unlike a lot of students, I didn't bring a car because I have low vision and use a blindness...
All of the Technology in My Dorm Room.  www.veroniiica.org

All of the Technology in My Dorm Room

I spend almost my entire day using some type of technology. It's very rare to see me without at least two of my devices, and when working in my room, I'm often...
What's in my bag - classroom edition.  www.veroniiica.com

What's in my bag - classroom edition

As a college student with low vision, chronic pain, and chronic migraines, the items I bring to class to help me succeed are often vastly different than my...
Screenshot of Vicks SmartTemp Thermometer app showing the large print temperature reading.

Vicks SmartTemp Thermometer App Review

Do you want to take your temperature or someone else temperature - but you are not able to visually read the thermometer?  Check out BlindMomLife's video...
Navigating the College Campus: part 5 in College Transition Series.

College Preparedness Series #5: How to Navigate Campus

Welcome! In this series, I will discuss how to start the semester off right, with all of the tools and tricks I have learned. Topics covered will include...
MyScript Calculator screenshot of written math problem converted to text; 1 of 5 educational low vision apps.

Apps That Help Students with Low Vision in the Classroom

I started using my personal technology in the classroom full-time in 2013 when I started attending a high school that had wifi access available for students. I...
Accessibility Settings for Android Phones.

Accessibility Settings for Android Phone

Originally posted on veroniiiica.com Ever since getting the myTouch 4G in 2010, I have used Android phones exclusively in my day-to-day life for activities...

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