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How I learned to navigate my internship building with low vision. www.veroniiiica.com

How I Learned to Navigate My Internship Building With Low Vision

I'm now starting the third week of my internship, and I'm excited to share that I now know how to navigate the floor of the building that I work in. Of course...
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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...
How I arrange my iPad homescreen. www.veroniiiica.com

How I arrange my iPad Homescreen

The other day, my friend and I were talking about our favorite apps on our iPads, which led to another discussion about how I arrange my iPad homescreen so...
Seven places I don't take my blindness cane. www.veroniiiica.com

Seven Places I Don't Take My Blindness Cane

Last year, I was moving out of my dorm when a staff member asked why I don't take my blindness cane with me everywhere I go. They were wondering how I was able...
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Student Bloggers on Paths to Technology

Paths to Technology encourages students to be an active part of the VI community. There has never been a more tech savvy generation of kids. Today, kids are '...
Dealing with Anxiety about Accommodations. www.veroniiiica.com

Dealing with Anxiety about Accommodations

There were many times when I was in middle and high school that I had to deal with anxiety related to receiving accommodations in the classroom for my vision...
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Hidden Resources: Collaborative AT Projects with Universities

Universities are actively seeking worthy projects and community collaborators. After learning basic computer science skills, these university students thrive...
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Why We Bought the Ruby 7 HD

At my school, we were recently able to purchase several Ruby 7 HD video magnifiers, manufactured by Freedom Scientific.  In case you are not familiar with the...
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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...
Seeing the Future: A Proposed Resource for Students with Vision Impairments. www.veroniiiica.com

Seeing the Future: A Proposed Resource for Students with Vision Impairments

Last year, I wrote a policy idea that won the "10 Ideas" yearly policywriting contest that is hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, a student-run think tank. My...
Eight things I am glad my TVI taught me about transition. www.veroniiiica.com

Eight Things I'm Glad My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how...
Ten things I wish my TVI taught me about transition. www.veroniiiica.com

Ten Things I Wish My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how...
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Coding Club Activity: SAS CodeSnaps and Sphero Robot

Cheers erupted when the girls' team and then the boys' team successfully coded their Sphero robots on a route around an obstacle. The Coding Club at the...
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I Have VI Technology, Now What?

I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2019 DC/MD annual AER conference.  My presentation focused on common issues that TVIs and service providers faced when...
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Improved View in MS Word!

Microsoft Word is one of the most used programs in the world, a productivity juggernaut of a program within the Microsoft Office suite.  Inevitably, we are all...
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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

APH has created a web-based app for digital accessible crossword puzzles! These puzzles are fully accessible on your preferred device - the puzzles can be...
How to create Custom keyboard shortcuts in Windows. www.veroniiiica.com

How to Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows

Yesterday, I was helping my friend set up their new computer and they asked me how to create custom keyboard shortcuts in Windows. They were telling me that...
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3D Printing with Playgrounds Apps

One of my students who is a dual media learner with extremely low vision but still has use of their functional vision is currently learning how to code using...
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Reading Independent Titles with Kindle Unlimited

Recently, one of my former teachers self-published a novel on Amazon, and my friend asked me if I would be able to read it in an accessible format. Luckily, I...
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Fast Facts About Tactile Pavement

On March 18, 2019, the Google homepage featured an image that shows a blindness cane user standing on tactile pavement, with the word "Google" written across...
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Laugh and Learn: Learning Letters Puppy App Review

Most apps created for toddlers and preschool children are designed to be entertaining with colorful, non-cluttered layouts, have music/interesting sounds, use...
Understanding Service Dog Training with Technology. www.veroniiiiica.com

Understanding Service Dog Training with Technology

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to one of my faculty mentors about their service dog. Some of the topics we discussed included the importance of service...
Playing in GMU Green Machine Pep Band with Vision Impairment. www.veroniiiica.com

Playing in GMU Green Machine Pep Band with Vision Impairment

One of the fun facts I like to share about myself is that I play bass clarinet for my school pep band, the GMU Green Machine. Anyone who is from the area is...
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Ballyland Code 2: Give Rotor

Just released! Ballyland Code 2: Give Rotor is the second, fully accessible coding concept game for young children. The first game, Ballyland Code 1: Say Hello...
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Dr. Seuss: Hop on Pop Interactive eBook App

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place every on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss and his...
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ZoomText Basics

Zoomtext is a screen magnifier for Microsoft Windows - available for PCs and Macs - developed by Ai Squared. ZoomText is available in two editions: ZoomText...
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Cough Drop AAC App

I have recently been exploring the Cough Drop AAC app, available on Android and iOS, for several of my students who are both verbal with limited language...
Choosing a Computer mouse with low vision. www.veroniiiica.com

Choosing a Computer Mouse with Low Vision

In the past few days, a lot of people have been asking me about choosing a computer mouse with low vision and how to make computer mice accessible for vision...
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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...
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NFB EQ Camp Registration

Attention Blind and Low-vision Students: Explore. Connect. Attend NFB EQ! Join the National Federation of the Blind at our NFB Engineering Quotient (EQ)...
My Experience at ATIA 2019. www.veroniiiica.com

My Experience at ATIA 2019

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the ATIA 2019 Conference in Orlando, Florida. I was able to find out about the latest and greatest emerging...
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Low Vision Accessibility Settings for MacBooks

It's no secret that I love my Surface laptop for college. Recently, a growing number of my friends who have low vision have started to use MacBooks in the...
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Equatio and Google Docs Tutorial

Equatio is a digital math editor that is created by the company Texthelp, the makers of Read&Write. Equatio provides students multiple ways to input math...
YouDescribe Audio Described YouTube videos Review. www.veroniiiica.com

YouDescribe Audio Described YouTube Videos Review

As someone with low vision and a strong sensitivity to flashing lights, I rely on very observant friends and audio description services to be able to watch...
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Popular Blind YouTubers

Want to learn how to ______? Just YouTube it! Do-it-Yourself projects are popular YouTube videos in this digital information age. Learn how to cook, build a...
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Access to High-level Mathematics Using LaTeX

In my short time as a vision teacher and assistive technology specialist, I have come to appreciate the vast lengths that developers have gone to in order to...
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Braille Tutor: App Review (Updated)

I am always on the look-out for fun ways to teach/practice braille skills. For print students, there are literally hundreds of educational apps that encourage...
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Algebra By Hand: A Web-based Tool

At Learn By Hand, we set out to create a web-based tool that would allow visually impaired students to independently practice algebra skills. Our first step...
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...
Coursicle Class Scheduling App Review: www.veroniiiica.com

Coursicle Class Scheduling App Review

A few semesters ago, I had to switch around a bunch of my classes. I went through my school's class database and made notes of the new classes I wanted to take...

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