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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...
How to be anally for disabled friends. www.veroniiiica.com

How to be an ally for disabled friends

This post is dedicated to S, who helps to advocate for acceptance, not just awareness for disabled friends Whenever I speak at conferences or on panels, I...
Seeing the future: my feature in 10 Ideas. www.veroniiiica.com

Seeing the Future: My Feature in 10 Ideas

What if higher education was made more accessible for visually impaired students in Virginia through online resources? Earlier this year, I entered the 10...
Screenshot from STEM Career Video: Students with lab coats, hair nets and gloves are working with adults  doing lab experiments.

STEM Field Mentors: STEM Career Showcase

A 'role model' is defined as a person who others admire and want to emulate. All students benefit from teachers and professionals who are role models. Students...
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...
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Microsoft Soundscape app: a free O&M app

Microsoft Soundscape is a free iOS app that provides travelers who are visually impaired or blind information about places around them in the environement....
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TED Talk: free iOS app

A TED Talk is a video created from a presentation at the main TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference or event. TED Talks are given by engaging,...
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...
How to use Guided Access for Testing. www.veroniiiica.com

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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Survey for IRIS: Web app which provides access to STEM images

The IRIS project is a web app designed to assist students in STEM fields by providing detailed explainations of graphically presented educational content by...
Why my guidance counselors are the reasons I excel in college. www.veroniiiica.com

Why My guidance Counselors are the Reasons I Excel in College

I’ve talked a lot about the lessons I learned from various staff members at my schools, including my teacher of the visually impaired and my case manager- read...
image with text: HP Sprout for low vision accessibility review. www.veroniiiica.com

HP Sprout For Low Vision Accessibility Review

When I visited my college to set up my disability services file in April 2015 (read more about creating a disabilities file here), my mom and I decided to stop...
Graphic with text: Microsoft Seeing AI and Low Vision Review. www.veroniiiica.com

Microsoft Seeing AI and Low Vision Review

As a college student with low vision, I constantly find myself surrounded by things I can't see. I don't always have someone with me that can help me figure...
NC STEM camp students with VIB working in teams to using Makey-Makey boards and a computer program to create musical switches.

NC STEM Camp for High School Students with VIB 2018

During this one-week residential camp, 12 - 15 high school students with VIB will explore various fields of STEM, including the Grand Challenges of Engineering...
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...
Digital Microsoft badges for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.

Microsoft Badges and Certifications: For Educators and Students

Digital badges are earned by completing and showing competency of additional online coursework on a specific topic. Badges are a way to distinguish competency...
Transitioning to a 504 plan before graduation. www.veroniiiica.com

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...
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...
man sitting at a table viewing a website on a touch screen device.

WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #7 Results

Over the years, WebAim has facilitated surveys about the preferences of screen reader users. The 7th survey, which was done in October 2017, received 1,792...
Notability and Low Vision Review. www.veroniiiica.com

Notability and Low Vision Review

When I started requesting digital materials in high school (read more about why digital materials here), I wanted a way to be able to access assignments on my...
Eyes Free Fitness by BlindAlive: Described Workouts for the blind and visually impaired

Eyes-Free Fitness: Described Workouts for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Eyes-Free Fitness app contains both free and paid exercise routines described specifically for the blind. Introduction The holidays are a wonderful time...
Apple Watch and iPhone displaying Just Press Record app.

Record Classroom Lectures: Just Press Record App

Just Press Record is a mobile audio recorder bringing one tap recording, transcription and iCloud syncing to all devices. This app is fully compatible with...
How Amazon Alexa can help you sleep. www.veroniiiica.com

How Amazon Alexa Can Help You Sleep

I’ve had a lot of trouble falling asleep lately, and have been trying many things to help me fall asleep faster. For the last few nights, I have been trying...
Math worksheet completed with annotation app on iPad Pro.

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...
Instructor Evals & Low Vision; how to make  instructor evaluations accessible while preserving anonymity. www.veroniiiica.com

Instructor Evaluations and Low Vision

Every semester, students are given the opportunity to complete anonymous instructor evaluations to give feedback about their teacher and the course in general...
5 Government resources on assistive technology. www.veroniiiica.com

Five Government Resources on Assistive Technology

A few months ago, I attended a conference that featured many government organizations that helped people with disabilities as well as provided resources for...
Diagram Center: Accessible Math with images of plus, minus, multiply and divide symbols.

Seeking field testers for Math Editor

Traditionally, a braille student completes math equations using a manual Perkins Braille Writer. However, 21st Century classrooms are completing assignments...
What's Cooking? Finding Recipes Using the Big Oven app.

What's Cooking? Finding Recipes using Big Oven

  This time of year, everyone is looking for recipes.  Cookies, fruitcakes, pies, and that special side dish to make your holiday meal that much more special...
How to create tactile images with everyday objects. www.veroniiiica.com

How to Create Tactile Images with Everyday Objects

One of my friends and I were having a conversation about ways to display information in a tactile way. Since coming to college, I have been learning more and...
How do people with low vision go to conferences? www.veroniiiica.com

How Do People with Low Vision. . . Go to Conferences?

Being right near Washington DC, I have been able to attend several conferences and events related to assistive technology and disability. I always learn...
All about the Cogswell-Macy Act: answering the who, what, when, where & why of the Cogswell-Macy Act. www.veroniiiica.com

All About the Cogswell-Macy Act

Right now, a lot of people in the low vision and blindness community are talking about the Cogswell-Macy Act and how it can help students with disabilities....
Hands holding smart phones in front of a world map.  Text: "Google Maps (offline)".

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...
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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