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Accommodations

My High School Laptop

My High School Laptop

My second semester of freshman year in high school (which was in January 2012), I received approval to start using a laptop in the classroom. I had an IEP for low vision and dysgraphia, and was beyond thrilled to finally have a device in the […]

Choosing a Seat in Class

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, sometimes alone, and for the majority of my classes, this was a good arrangement. This accommodation followed […]

How Do People With Low Vision…Open a Locker?

How Do People With Low Vision…Open a Locker?

At my middle school, all of the lockers were equipped with combination locks built directly into the locker doors. While this was a great security feature, I was unable to see the numbers on the combination lock due to my print disability, so we were […]

Dear High School Teacher

Dear High School Teacher

I’m one of the new students in your class this year. You probably received a copy of my SAP, 504, or IEP in advance, and likely have an idea of who I am based on it. However, there are ten things that I would like […]

Dear Middle School Teacher

Dear Middle School Teacher

I’m one of the new students in your class this year. You probably have some idea of who I am, since you recently got a copy of my SAP, 504, or IEP. Before the school year begins, I have listed ten things that I want […]

Dear Elementary School Teacher

Dear Elementary School Teacher

I’m one of your new students for the year. You may have read my SAP, 504, or IEP- or maybe I don’t have any of those yet. I’m still a little kid, so my support staff and my parents are still trying to figure things […]

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and Low Vision

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and Low Vision

I had the opportunity to take a class my junior and senior years of high school that allowed students to test for Microsoft Office certifications. These certifications, which are internationally recognized, included Word, Word Expert, Excel, Excel Expert, and PowerPoint. The Word, Excel, and PowerPoint […]

Collecting Documentation

Collecting Documentation

For every two fantastic teachers I have had, there has always been one teacher that wanted to make sure that I knew that the teacher considered my disability to be an inconvenience and would refuse to follow my 504/IEP. ¬†Yes, this is illegal, but that […]

Five Myths About Print Disabilities

Five Myths About Print Disabilities

As the school year comes to an end, preparations for a new school year are beginning.  As students transition to new classes and possibly even new schools, they may find that there are people that don’t know what a print disability is, and these people […]

State Standardized Tests/ SOL Accommodations For Low Vision

State Standardized Tests/ SOL Accommodations For Low Vision

Every state has their own form of standardized tests. In my home state of Virginia, we have the Standards of Learning exams, most commonly referred to as SOLs. At least one of these tests is administered a year, from third grade to twelfth grade, and […]