Veronica With Four Eyes

College

Looking for college resources for blind students or tips for going to college with low vision? Welcome to the College Archives, where I share posts related to attending college with visual impairment, transition prep for students with disabilities, and navigating college campuses with a blindness cane. All of these posts are based on my own personal experiences attending a large Virginia public university as a student with low vision who uses a blindness cane, and answer questions that students want to know about college but would not think of themselves.

How To Be An Active Bystander For Academic Ableism

How To Be An Active Bystander For Academic Ableism

Over the weekend, one of my friends sent me a video recorded by an active bystander for academic ableism who was showing a situation where a student with hearing loss was being berated by the professor for their disability. I don’t want to share the…

Tips For Filling Out Medical Housing Release Forms

Tips For Filling Out Medical Housing Release Forms

In 2019, my time living on campus came to a very sudden and unexpected close after I was diagnosed with a medical condition that made it impossible for me to continue living on my own. While this medical condition is now much better controlled and…

How To Create Accessible Workspaces For Chiari Malformation

How To Create Accessible Workspaces For Chiari Malformation

The first time someone asked me if there was anything they could do to make my workspace more accessible for my chronic illness/brain condition, I wasn’t sure what to say, as I had never considered how it could influence how I configure my desk or…

Using Blackboard Ally With Low Vision

Using Blackboard Ally With Low Vision

This semester, I noticed a new tool within my online classes called Blackboard Ally that could transform the way that I access materials as a student with low vision that fluctuates frequently. I’ve been using Blackboard Ally for about a week and a half now,…

Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs For Virtual Classes

Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs For Virtual Classes

Recently, I received a message from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired asking about the most common tech skills for virtual classes that I use in college, as they were helping to prepare their students for taking online and hybrid classes in college by giving…

Blindness Canes and Performing Arts Centers: Navigating College Campuses

Blindness Canes and Performing Arts Centers: Navigating College Campuses

Attending theater productions and arts events with vision impairment

What If I Have To Report Disability Accommodation Violations?

What If I Have To Report Disability Accommodation Violations?

My family and friends frequently tell me that I am the type of person that can handle any situation that life throws at me and that many of my experiences can make great blog material. As a result of this, I have decided to start…

Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations For Virtual Learning

Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations For Virtual Learning

As a student with low vision, I am used to requesting and explaining disability accommodations in my college classes and in other testing environments. However, one of the things that surprised me when I started taking primarily virtual classes and exams is that I needed…

How To Get Disability Accommodations In Community College

How To Get Disability Accommodations In Community College

I’m taking a couple of classes at a community college this summer to transfer back to my university, and one of the first things I did after enrolling as a visiting student was contact the Disability Services coordinator so that I would be able to…

How I Write Research Papers On Accessibility Topics

How I Write Research Papers On Accessibility Topics

Over the years, I have had several awesome teachers and professors who have helped me learn how to write essays and research papers for my classes quickly and efficiently. Because of them, I have earned consistently high scores on all of my writing assignments and…

Blindness Canes And Sporting Events: Navigating College Campuses

Blindness Canes And Sporting Events: Navigating College Campuses

Welcome to my Navigating College Campuses series, where I talk about all of the different ways I use Orientation and Mobility (O&M) techniques and my blindness cane as a student with low vision at my large public university. After spending four years living on my…

Ten Questions To Ask When Choosing A Virtual Class

Ten Questions To Ask When Choosing A Virtual Class

As students of all ages begin planning registration for upcoming classes, I have received many messages asking questions about choosing virtual classes and how to figure out whether a class will be accessible or not for students with disabilities or other access needs. As a…

My Talk At A Future Date: What I Wish I Learned About AT Before Starting College

My Talk At A Future Date: What I Wish I Learned About AT Before Starting College

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a short talk at A Future Date, a free virtual conference event that showcased talks on topics related to accessibility and assistive technology. While I am currently working on a write-up about attending A Future…

Online Activities That Help Prepare For College Transition

Online Activities That Help Prepare For College Transition

When I was first researching colleges in high school, I spent dozens of hours completing online activities that help prepare for college transition that I found on my own. Since then, I have been able to share many of these resources with other students who…

Adapting Keys For Visual Impairment

Adapting Keys For Visual Impairment

I received a question from a reader who has a family member who is losing their sight asking about adapting keys for visual impairment, and how to keep track of keys with low vision. Their family member carries several different keys for different places, and…