Welcome to Veronica With Four Eyes!
Veronica With Four Eyes is a free resource created by Veronica Lewis for low vision/visual impairment and assistive technology, dedicated to sharing practical and positive blog posts about how to live with vision loss, tips for transition and going to college with a disability, and how to use assistive technology for almost anything and everything. Whether you’re new to the world of visual impairment and assistive technology, or just wondering what’s new, Veronica With Four Eyes has over 500 posts that can help answer your questions and find creative low-cost solutions for everyday issues.
Why Veronica With Four Eyes?
Inspired by the American slang term of “four eyes” (a saying for someone who wears glasses), Veronica decided to add three additional I’s to her first name and start Veronica With Four Eyes, stylized as Veroniiiica, in November 2016 from her dorm room at George Mason University. Veronica With Four Eyes was created in order to address what Veronica calls a knowledge gap about topics related to assistive technology and attending public schools and college with low vision, inspired by her own experiences of being the one of the only students identified with low vision in her schools, as well as being a platform for more fun posts about her interests and various adventures as a blindness cane user with low vision. In addition to writing about visual impairment and assistive technology, Veronica also shares resources for living with Chiari Malformation and its associated symptoms, as well as easy-to-follow technology and design guides.
Veronica’s posts have been praised for being easy to understand and approachable for people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds, as well as for incorporating humor and other personal stories. Veronica With Four Eyes has been featured by many prominent companies and news outlets, including Microsoft, Perkins School For The Blind, the BBC, and others.
More About Veronica Lewis
Veronica Lewis is a student at George Mason University in Virginia studying data science and assistive technology, with a special interest in visual impairment. Outside of writing Veronica With Four Eyes, Veronica loves to play clarinet, travel, watch/participate in anything related to visual and performing arts, and learn new things whenever possible. Veronica’s ultimate goal is to take over the world with assistive technology, first by ensuring that every person with a disability is able to access the information and complete activities that they need and want to do, and then by achieving world domination using large print and screen readers.
More about Veronica’s eyes
Veronica was diagnosed with low vision due to the condition accommodative esotropia at age 3, a common childhood eye condition which gave her double, blurry vision, a lack of depth perception, and limited peripheral vision. Veronica was given an IEP in kindergarten and was told her vision would improve as she got older (a common characteristic of accommodative esotropia), however she ended up having sharp vision declines approximately every five years after that which caused her to have more difficulty seeing faraway objects and reading standard print. She started using a blindness cane at age 18 on her first day of college as a mobility aid, and credits her cane as the reason she is able to travel independently and navigate her college campus.
One of the vision declines when she was 14 also involved the onset of various neurological symptoms, which four years later were confirmed to be from Chiari Malformation, a structural neurological condition that can also contribute to low vision, with symptom onset often beginning in a patient’s teenage years. Because Veronica has limited sensation in her hands from Chiari Malformation, she is unable to read Braille, though recommends that everyone learn Braille if they are able to. With the diagnosis of Chiari Malformation, Veronica’s diagnosis was updated to include decompensated strabismus about a year later, since she had vision loss from both her eyes and her brain.
Veronica uses a mix of person-first and identity-first disability language in her blog, and has no preference for what language people use around her or when writing about her. However, she asks that people refrain from using terms that make disability sound miserable or awful, such as “suffering from low vision” or “plagued by Chiari Malformation.”
Veronica’s Favorite Posts
Wondering where to start reading? Here are ten of Veronica’s favorite posts/series she has written:
- Common Classroom Accommodations For Low Vision
- Dear Elementary School Teacher
- How To Create A Disability Services File
- Navigating College Campuses series
- Ten Spooky Inaccessible Assignments and How To Fix Them
- How To Use VoiceOver For Beginners
- How To Write Alt Text and Image Descriptions for the Visually Impaired
- Mouse Pointers and Low Vision
- How Do People With Visual Impairments series
- Explaining Chiari Malformation in Seven Words or Less
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