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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...
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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Talking Turkey: Using the Butterball for iOS App

I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving. OK, that’s not quite true...I had it one year, but since it was just me and my mom, I don’t think that counts. I have no idea...
What to say when meeting politicians.  How to talk to politicians & elected officials at events. www.veroniiiica.com

What to Say When Meeting Politicians

I attended an election watch event a few days ago for Ralph Northam, who is now the governor-elect of Virginia. After all of the speeches concluded for the...
8 things you need to know about your IEP; 8 items every student must know so they can self-advocate. www.veroniiiica.com

Eight things you need to know about your IEP

Over the summer, I met several students that were transitioning from high school to college with disabilities. Since IEPs expire once a student graduates high...
7 myths about IEP students; common stereotypes or misconception about students with IEPs, demystified. www.veroniiiica.com

Seven Myths about IEP Students

 had an IEP pretty consistently all through my years in the Virginia public school system. I received services for my low vision starting in kindergarten, and...
Taking exams the you're sick; because food poising and the flu don't care if you have exams. www.veroniiiica.com

Taking Exams When You Are Sick

My second semester of sophomore year, I ended up getting food poisoning right before I had to take a midterm. The night before, my friends and I had gone out...
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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...
How to create accessible PowerPoints. www.veroniiiica.com

How to Create Accessible PowerPoints

Out of all of the presentation software out there, PowerPoint is by far the most used in all of my classes. It's not difficult to see why- it's easy to use,...

How Do People with Low Vision . . . Participate in Model UN?

When I was in eighth grade, I had the opportunity to participate in a Model UN conference at a local college, representing the country of Belarus. Throughout...
Disclosing disability in college applications. www.veroniiiica.com

Disclosing Disability in College Applications

When I was applying to colleges, I couldn't decide if I should mention that I have a disability. My low vision had been a major part of my life, especially in...
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...
GROUP poster: Get along, Respect, Offer your ideas, Use a plan, Participate,Stay focused.

Making Group Projects Work with Diverse Students!

If structured well, group projects can promote important intellectual and social skills. Group projects also prepare students for real-world work projects in...
3 smiling O&Ms in rain gear learning to use the BlindSquare navigation app around the Perkins School for the Blind campus.

Sharing Secret Locations Lesson: BlindSquare Lesson Plan

This lesson was originally taught at the Perkins High-Tech O&M Workshop with Ed Summers and Diane Brauner.  The Lesson Plan post is written by Kristin...
How to nail a college interview: my tips for being successful in college admission interviews. www.veroniiiica.com

How to Nail a College Interview

There has been an increase in the amount of colleges that either recommend or require that students interview for certain programs. Out of the three colleges I...
Ten lessons my TVI taught me: What I learned from my high school TVI as a low vision student. www.veroniiiica.com

Ten Lessons My TVI Taught Me

As a student with low vision in Virginia public schools, I was assigned a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) to help me with accessing the general...
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...
Ten reasons you should call a security escort. www.veroniiiica.com

Ten Reasons You Should Call a Security Escort

This post was suggested by a security escort at my college, who said they wanted more people to know that they are there to help keep others safe. Thank you,...
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Cited: An Accessible Citation App

A student came to me and asked for help doing source citations for one of her college classes.  Now, I was raised in the “use the card catalogue, hand-copy the...
Why I love having friends with the same condition.www.veroniiiica.com

Why I Love Having Friends with the Same Condition

My experiences with low vision and chronic illness have made my life much more interesting.  While I may not know how to drive, read a library book without a...
Five things that surprised me about the new metro cars. www.veroniiiica.com

Five Things that Surprised Me About the New Metro Cars

I go to college right outside of Washington, DC, and often find myself using the Metro subway system to travel around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area....
How to find colleges: 10 resources will help students figure out what colleges to tour & apply to. www.veroniiiica.com

How to Find Colleges

I've done posts on questions to ask when choosing a college (part one, part two), but it can be difficult to decide what colleges to tour in the first place....
Choosing technology: Printer. What features you need with a special focus on low vision users. www.veroniiiica.com

Choosing Technology Part 3: Printer

Welcome to my new series on choosing technology, where I will be sharing my tips on purchasing devices, with a special concentration on students with low...
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 work on school news? Tips for including students with low vision. www.veroniiiica.com

How Do People with Low Vision . . . Work on School News?

At many of the schools I attended, I served on the school news in some capacity. I love being in front of the camera, as well as working behind the scenes, and...
Microsoft Office OneNote: A free note-taking software that integrates every aspect of the classroom.. www.veroniiiica.com

Microsoft Office OneNote

I have used OneNote all through high school and college, and it seems like every update brings more and more exciting features. I have low vision and...
10 more questions to ask when choosing a college. www.veroniiiica.com

10 More Questions to Ask When Choosing a College

I wrote a post about ten questions to ask when choosing a college here, and decided to expand on it some more. So here are ten more questions to ask yourself...
Why you should submit a video essay.  www.veroniiiica.com

Why You Should Submit a Video Essay

Video essays are an optional part of the application process for many colleges, and in my opinion, they are the most fun part of the application.  Here are...
STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

STEM Career Showcase 2017: For Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role...
Choosing a seat in class: sometimes the best seat isn't front row center. www.veroniiiica.org

Choosing a Seat in Class

Ever since I first got an IEP at age five, I have had accommodations for preferential seating. I frequently would sit in the front row of the classroom,...
High School Mentorships: how this unique opportunity helped me in high school, college, & beyond. www.veroniiiica.org

High School Mentorships

During my senior year of high school, I received the opportunity to take a class which allowed students to be paired up with mentors in the community, and...
Smiling group of high school students with visual impairments sitting and standing in front of a brick building.

Transition to College: Program Activity Guide Lessons

The word 'transition' is used frequently in IEP meetings and is a critical piece of high school goals. As Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs), we are...
Choosing Technology: Laptop.  What to look for when buying a laptop, aimed at students with low vision. www.veroniiiica.org

Choosing Technology Part 1: Laptop

Welcome to my new series on choosing technology, where I will be sharing my tips on purchasing devices, with a special concentration on students with low...
Microsoft Office Sway: A free PowerPoint alternative that impresses professors & is accessible. www.veroniiica.org

Microsoft Office Sway: A PowerPoint alternative

Ever since it was first released in 2015, I have found myself using Microsoft Office Sway for many projects in college- at least once every semester.  It's...
Screenshot of Move to Measure app showing ruler, protractor, settings and help.

Measuring Tools: Using Traditional and Digital Tools & Activities

Measuring is often introduced in preschool and is a part of the kindergarten curriculum. Measuring with non-standard units means measuring things with blocks,...
Why I study assistive technology. My 100th post on why I chose AT.  www.veroniiica.org

Why I Study Assistive Technology

For my one hundredth blog post, I decided to write about the reasons I chose for studying assistive technology in college. It's definitely a more uncommon...
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...
eReaders and Low Vision: Why I love eReaders and how they help students with print disabilities. www.veroniiica.org

eReaders and Low Vision

I remember when Barnes and Noble first announced they would be selling their own eReader, the Nook.  The other eReaders on the market at the time had small...
Young man in business suit holding in his hands a rendering of the world with lines to a computer, tablet, phone, and 3D people

Requesting accommodations - in school and on the job!

As K-12 educators, we tend to focus on accommodations for school and possibly for college.  However, the ultimate goal of education is to prepare students for...
My college desk; here is everything I have at my dorm desk complete with shopping links! www.veroniiica.com

My College Desk

If I'm not sitting in my bed, chances are I am typing away at my dorm desk.  Between running a blog, taking virtual classes, working on assignments, and...

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