Veronica With Four Eyes

Disability Life

Welcome to the Disability Life Archives, where I share posts related to life with a disability and life with chronic illness. Many of the posts are not specific to a given disability area and can be applied broadly to people with various conditions. For related categories, check out my posts on Chiari Malformation and Low Vision

Ways To Support New Accessibility Advocates

Ways To Support New Accessibility Advocates

Almost five years ago, I was sitting in my dorm room at George Mason University, bored out of my mind and trying to figure out what to do for the weekend. My homework for my assistive technology class was finished at this point, and I…

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…

How To Be An Ally For Braille Users: World Braille Day 2021

How To Be An Ally For Braille Users: World Braille Day 2021

Today (4 January 2021) is World Braille Day, a day that commemorates Louis Braille’s birthday and that celebrates the tactile system for reading and writing that he created that is used by people who are blind or visually impaired from all around the world. While…

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…

Why Everyone Should Design For Chiari Malformation: My Talk At ID24 2020

Why Everyone Should Design For Chiari Malformation: My Talk At ID24 2020

Recently, I had the opportunity to give a talk at the Inclusive Design 24 Conference (ID24) called “Why Everyone Should Design For Chiari Malformation,” in honor of Chiari Malformation Awareness Month. This talk was especially meaningful for me, as I ended up giving it the…

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…

Learning To Explain Usable Vision

Learning To Explain Usable Vision

One of the most common questions I receive from others when they notice that I have low vision or use a blindness cane is “what can you see?” The answer to this question has changed many times as I have dealt with many different short-term…

Seven Tips For Adapting To Newly Acquired Vision Loss

Seven Tips For Adapting To Newly Acquired Vision Loss

Over the years, I have received a large volume of messages from people all around the world who are learning to adjust to newly acquired vision loss. Details such as their level of usable vision, the circumstances behind their sight loss, and their age can…

Tips For Improving Confidence About Using Assistive Technology

Tips For Improving Confidence About Using Assistive Technology

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and as someone who loves everything related to accessibility and digital inclusion, I have had an incredible time participating in different events and talking about how I use assistive technology in my day-to-day life. If you told me ten…

How Students Can Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

How Students Can Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Every year, people from all around the world gather to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and this year is no exception. I’ve noticed that many of the events are targetted at professionals who want to learn more about accessibility and people who are already involved…

Addressing The Trauma Of Sight Loss

Addressing The Trauma Of Sight Loss

Background In order to satisfy the synthesis/capstone requirement for my undergraduate degree, I took a course that focused on psychological traumatology, the study of how traumatic or stressful events affect someone’s mind. For my final paper, I chose the topic of addressing the trauma of…

Tips For Reducing Your Digital Carbon Footprint

Tips For Reducing Your Digital Carbon Footprint

I love learning about different ways that I can help to contribute to reducing my carbon footprint and learning more about sustainable products. This includes learning about ways that I can make more eco-minded decisions when using my favorite technology so that I can lessen…

Ways To Practice Self-Advocacy In The Virtual Classroom

Ways To Practice Self-Advocacy In The Virtual Classroom

Even though I took over a dozen online classes in high school (and over three dozen in college), I seemed to always find ways to practice self-advocacy in the virtual classroom. While it may have seemed frustrating at the time, my case manager and other…

Creating Audio Description For Recipe Videos With YouDescribe

Creating Audio Description For Recipe Videos With YouDescribe

My friends and I love trying out new recipes, and one of our sources for inspiration is recipe videos that we find on social media that show different cooking techniques or flavor profiles we otherwise wouldn’t have thought of. However, a lot of these videos…

How To Find Accessibility Emoji In iOS 13.2

How To Find Accessibility Emoji In iOS 13.2

One of the exciting parts of the new iOS 13.2 update is that there are now emoji for visual impairment and many other disabilities. Personally, I’m excited to see images of assistive technology being included in the emoji keyboard so people can add it to…