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Why I Love Having Friends With The Same Condition

Why I Love Having Friends With The Same Condition

My experiences with low vision and chronic illness have made my life much more interesting.  While I may not know how to drive, read a library book without a video magnifier, or walk backwards, I definitely can explain life with Chiari Malformation and low vision, […]

How To Contact Your Senators

How To Contact Your Senators

Like millions of Americans, I have a pre-existing condition. Under the newly proposed Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill, that means that insurance companies would legally be able to charge me extra or deny coverage because I have a condition, and I could also have lifetime caps on […]

Five Things That Surprised Me About The New Metro Cars

Five Things That Surprised Me About The New Metro Cars

I go to college right outside of Washington, DC, and often find myself using the Metro subway system to travel around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Recently, the Metro system received several upgrades that have really helped me as a rider with a disability, […]

To My Chiari Malformation On Its Sixth Birthday

To My Chiari Malformation On Its Sixth Birthday

Dear Chiari Malformation, You came into my life six years ago now, when I suddenly developed a constant pain in the back of my head. I was a freshman in high school, and coincidentally it was Chiari Malformation Awareness Month, but I didn’t know that- […]

Answering Stranger’s Questions- Children Edition

Answering Stranger’s Questions- Children Edition

I love working with children. I volunteered at a preschool-aged day camp for a few summers and did a mentorship at my elementary school for my senior year of high school (more on that here). I love the natural curiosity that they have about the […]

I Don’t Need An IEP!

I Don’t Need An IEP!

At my first high school, my IEP was viewed as an inconvenience to a majority of the teachers and other staff at the school. It wasn’t fair to them that they had to create large print materials, let me type notes in class, or take […]

All About The Disability Law Center of Virginia

All About The Disability Law Center of Virginia

About two years ago, I was given a brochure by my Department of the Blind and Visually Impaired case manager for the Disability Law Center of Virginia. I put it on my desk, and didn’t think much about it, until I had a problem. I […]

No Strobing Items At Check-Out

No Strobing Items At Check-Out

My mom and I were walking to the check out area at a popular chain retailer when suddenly, it seemed like strobe lights popped out of nowhere. The store was selling rapidly strobing fidget spinners, which were all flashing asynchronously, and at a high frequency, […]

Texting Etiquette for Low Vision

Texting Etiquette for Low Vision

One of my friends found a post online that was telling people not to include several emojis in the middle of a text message if the recipient is visually impaired.  I thought it was really awesome that so many people were learning from this post, […]

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 […]