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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...
10 staff members to meet in college.  www.veroniiica.com

10 Staff Members to Meet in College

Before I even started at my university, I had already talked to almost three dozen faculty and staff members on the phone and in person to ensure that I would...
Too High Functioning: the experiences of a present-day college student with low vision www.veroniiiica.com

Too High-Functioning

The teacher is passing out the classwork for the day, and there is a noticeable lack of large print or colored paper at the bottom of the pile. As it comes...
How do People with low vision handle fire alarms? Dealing with the infamous dorm fire alarms. www.veroniiiica.org

How Do People with Low Vision . . .Handle Fire Alarms?

They can happen at any time. It can be 1:30 in the morning the night before a major exam. It can be pouring rain outside when someone burns popcorn. Or...
A Coordinte Grid template with the Origin (0) in the bottom left corner and both the x and y-axis going from 0 - 6.

Digital Transitions #2: Math Grid Activities

"Our classrooms are becoming paperless."  This statement is flying around classrooms but what does it mean for students with visual impairments and blindness?...
10  questions to ask when choosing a college.  www.veroniiica.com

10 Questions to Ask when Choosing a College

The summer before my freshman year of high school, my dad decided that I was going to be a registered dietitian and attend a state school in a small town in...
How to make iPad Accessible for Low Vision.  www.veroniica.com

How to Make an iPad Accessible for Low Vision

Here are settings to enable for the iPad/iPhone to help make the devices easier to use. All are found in the accessibility menu under general settings unless...
A stack of print books with an iPad on top sitting on a desk in a classroom setting.

Digital Transitions #1: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help!

Paths to Technology is a Community of Practice, bringing together creative educators, tech savvy students, families and developers.  Together, we can discuss...
What to bring to the disability services testing center.  www.veroniiica.com

What to Bring to the Disability Services Testing Center

At my university, the Office of Disability Services has its own testing center that students can use to take quizzes and tests assigned in the classroom, as...
Photo of a hand holding a smartphone displaying the Desmos graphing calculator app.

Test-approved Graphing Calculator App

The next generation of graphing calculator - the Desmos app - is available at no cost! This app, which is accessible for users who are blind and visually...
Photo of the back of a Chromebook with the brailled word, "Google".

AFB and Google: Training the Trainer

Often when discussing my job with friends, I talk about emails, not specific emails mind you, just the active daily duty of emailing. At my rehabilitation...
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Prizmo Go App Review: A free OCR app

Use your iPhone or iPad to quickly grab print text and convert it to digital text.  The digital text can then be read aloud by the app's built-in text to...
Why Take Virtual Classes in College (from someone who has taken over a dozen) www.veroniiica,com

Why Take Virtual Classes in College

Living with chronic illness, it can be very difficult to get out of bed, let alone get to class. While I am able to push myself to get to a majority of my...
Google Chromecast Review for college students and people with low vision.

Google Chromecast Review

Occasionally, I have trouble focusing my eyes to read text on my phone or tablet. In these cases, zooming in is futile, and I find it easier to focus through...
ACT Accommodations for Low Vision

ACT Accommodations for Low Vision

Even though I took the SAT, it was recommended that I also take the ACT (plus writing) test, as colleges liked to see that students took both exams.  While...
Amazon Alexa, Echo Dot Review: Great for College Students and Low Vision!

Amazon Echo Dot Review

Last month, a new device joined my technology collection, and has quickly become one of my new favorites. I don't have to worry about making it accessible,...
Uber Checklist in the Notes app enables O&Ms to quickly check off student skills.

O&M: How to Use Uber (Checklist)

Transportation options for individuals with visual impairments have improved drastically from years ago.  Thankfully, with the improvement of smart phones and...
SAT accommodations for low vision; www.veroniiica.com

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...
How to survive midterms/finals!

How to Survive Midterms/Finals

Midterms week is finally over, and I couldn't be more happy about that. It's been a long week of studying and taking tests, while trying to keep eye fatigue...
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...
MAP field test: High school student's fingers are on a Braille Focus paired to an iPad displaying a math graphing question.

Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #1: Introduction

  In this series, we will be discussing the accessibility of on-line MAP growth assessment. As our classrooms transition to digital textbooks and on-line...
Testing Accommodations for Low Vision Students

Testing Accommodations for Low Vision Students

Finals week is fast approaching for college students and I have to say I'm not nervous at all for my finals. It helps that my first college final week last...
Campers creating a solar house project: wiring batteries, lights & buzzers while viewing written instructions on a Zoomed iPad.

NC STEM Camp for High School Students with Visual Impairments or Blindness 2017

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...
KNFB Reader: an accessible OCR app.

KNFB Instructional Videos

KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud.  Designed specifically for users who are visually impaired or blind, KNFB Reader is accessible and easy to...
SAS Graphics Accelerator uses sonification to make charts and graphs accessible.

SAS enables visually impaired to 'visualize' data

Source: SAS Cary, NC (Feb 22, 2017) People with visual impairments are often shut out from hot careers in STEM fields, including analytics and data science....
32nd CSUN Conference March 2, 9 am - 5 pm;  Experience the hands-on SAS Data Science Lab

SAS Data Science Lab: March 2 at CSUN

Register for the SAS Data Science Lab and experience data visualization in an entirely new way. SAS will present unprecedented access to data science and data...
Requesting extracurricular accommodations: how to explain your disability accommodations. www.veroniiiica.org

Requesting Extracurricular Accommodations

I’ve never had much of a problem with students telling me that I can’t be a part of a club or organization, because they see me as a person who can actively...
Image of college dorms opening to a quad with sidewalks.

College Preparedness Series #6: How to Pick Housing

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...
iBeacos provide audible information: "Main Street Station Bus Stop" and "Main Street Escalator Entrance" as pedestrian travels.

iBeacons: Next Gen O&M Tool

Tech savvy Orientation and Mobility instructors and students are familiar with using GPS apps for navigating sidewalks and streets.  The latest O&M related...
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...
Creating transition goals and activities for the college-bound student.

Transition Goals for a College-Bound High School Student with VIB

For Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs), writing and reviewing IEP goals are an integral part of the job description – IEP goals drive every lesson! ...
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AccessComputing Program: supports students in computing fields and classes

Sign up your student for our NSF-funded AccessComputing program that supports students with disabilities in computing fields through mentoring and funding for...
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...
Disability Services Files:  part 4 in College Transition Series. www.veroniiiica.com

College Preparedness Series #4: How to Create a Disability Services File

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...
Explaining Accommodations:  Part 3 in College Transition Series.

College Preparedness Series #3: How to Explain Accommodations

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...
Digital Textbooks:  Part 2 in College Transition Series

College Preparedness Series #2: How to Buy Digital Textbooks

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...
Scheduling Classes: Part 1 in College Transition Series

College Preparedness Series #1: How to Schedule College Classes

Welcome to my first post in my new college preparedness series! In this series, I will discuss how to start the semester off right, with all of the tools and...
How do people with low vision use human guides? How to guide someone & avoid having them run into a pole. www.veroniiiica.org

How Do People with Low Vision . . .use Human Guides?

One time, on a day trip with a couple that I am good friends with, I kept running into stuff constantly, even with my blindness cane to help me. There were so...
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Scribble Toolbar with ZoomText

“While AT includes a set of federally mandated services and equipment for students with disabilities, the term also refers to valuable tools and strategies for...
cartoon drawing of a man's head with staring blood-shot eyes.

10 Ways to Reduce Eye Strain from Technology

I don't watch any TV, proudly says a person who spends her entire day on her computer, iPad, phone, and other assistive technology devices. When I first meet...

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