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Envision #9: Even Storm Troopers Need Accessible Books!

I hope the Star Wars fans out there appreciate this creative new intro and Stormy Scout may be coming back for more! Envision #9 Even Storm Troopers Need...
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Challenge Solutions: Canvas on a Mac with VoiceOver

Macy, a recent high school graduate, shares how she uses Canvas with Mac running VoiceOver to access her AP Biology class. Canvas is a web-based learning...
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How to Request Accessible Textbooks in College

The other day, one of my friends texted me with an urgent question asking how to request accessible textbooks in college. Their professor had just announced...
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Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs for Virtual Classes

Recently, I received a message from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired asking about the most common tech skills for virtual classes that I use in college, as...
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Using Blackboard Ally with Low Vision

This semester, I noticed a new tool within my online classes called Blackboard Ally that could transform the way that I access materials as a student with low...
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Career Education: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Braille Exams for AP Classes during COVID-19

Yes, we all know that COVID-19 flipped our world upside down; we are just learning more about the functional impact of the pandemic on students with visual...
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How to Create an Accessible Formula Sheet

HOW TO CREATE AN ACCESSIBLE FORMULA SHEET In several of my math, statistics, and data science classes, the professor will provide a formula sheet for quizzes...
No-tech solutions for drawing graphs with low vision and dysgraphia. www.veroniiiica.com

No-Tech Solutions for Drawing Graphs with Low Vision and Dysgraphia

For some of the practice problems in my classes, I have to draw graphs or plot points by hand, a task that can be difficult as a person with low vision and...
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What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th Grader with Low Vision

COVID-19 school closures have thrown students and teachers into the 21st century and for many students with visual impairments, this new classroom format has...
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9 Ways to Customize Blackboard for Students

My university uses a virtual learning and course management system called Blackboard, which houses all of the assignments and information about my classes,...
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Accessing and Succeeding in STEM Courses: Call

The Science and Engineering Division of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Association of Blind Students present a joint phone conference on...
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CentOS Accessibility for Low Vision

In one of the data science computer labs on my college campus, the default operating system is CentOS, a well-known Linux distribution. While a lot of my...
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Ten "Odd" Things I Do With Double Vision

For as long as I can remember, I have had double vision that causes me to see two of everything. The way I see double has fluctuated over time- sometimes I see...
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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...
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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...
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Computer Lab Accommodations for Low Vision Students

COMPUTER LAB ACCOMMODATIONS FOR LOW VISION STUDENTS While it wasn’t officially written as part of my IEP accommodations, my teachers and I worked together to...
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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...
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...
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How to Use Guided Access For Testing

If you ever see me in person, it’s almost certain that I will have my iPad with me. My friends joke that it is surgically attached to me because I always am...
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Transitioning to a 504 Plan Before Graduation

The best advice my mom and I ever received about my disability accommodations was that we should transition to a 504 plan right before graduating from high...
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Dear Ms. Teacher

Dear Ms. Teacher, I hope you are having a great day and I hope this is a good time. I am writing because the equipment to help me with my visual impairment is...
Quizlet & low vision; how I use Quizlet, a free study app that supports large print & screen readers. www.veroniiiica.com

Quizlet and Low Vision

In the last two weeks, it seems like every time I turn around, I have another test or quiz that demands my attention- sometimes several in one day. While each...
Not Graduating Early: When my first high school wanted me to get a GED and get out.  www.veroniiica.org

Not Graduating Early

My sophomore year of high school, especially the second semester, was awful. Over half of my teachers did not provide me with the accommodations in my IEP, due...
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Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and Low Vision

I had the opportunity to take a class my junior and senior years of high school that allowed students to test for Microsoft Office certifications. These...
Virtual Classes in High School: My experiences taking 16 virtual classes across 5 platforms. www.veroniiica.org

Virtual Classes in High School

At both high schools I attended, teachers often took a pencil-and-paper approach to learning. It was common for teachers to have students complete paper...
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SAT Accommodations for Low Vision

I remember when I walked in to take my SAT.  The day before, my mom and I, along with the testing coordinator for the school I was taking the exam at, spent at...
Accessible Instructional Materials: AIM

All about AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials

When I was in high school, I was unable to read the textbooks that my teachers used in class. Since my middle school didn't use textbooks, I was surprised to...