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Navigating High School With a Leg Brace

Navigating High School With a Leg Brace

My sophomore year of high school, I began experiencing painful hamstring spasms related to Chiari Malformation. During these spasms, my left leg would go limp and numb, leaving me unable to walk. Thankfully, I was given a leg brace similar to a knee immobilizer to […]

How Do People With Low Vision…Go On Field Trips?

How Do People With Low Vision…Go On Field Trips?

While attending public school in Virginia, I had many opportunities to go on field trips with my class. This included historical sites, museums, special events, and many other places. Even though we didn’t know how bad my vision was, my teachers always were great about […]

How Do People With Low Vision…Work on School News?

How Do People With Low Vision…Work on School News?

At many of the schools I attended, I served on the school news in some capacity. I love being in front of the camera, as well as working behind the scenes, and this activity was the perfect fit for me. Here are some tips for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why You Should Have A Tutor From Your School

Why You Should Have A Tutor From Your School

As a student with low vision, I often struggle reading numbers and graphs in my classes. ┬áThis isn’t because of a math disorder, it’s just that I have trouble seeing. I was fortunate enough to have tutors, who were teachers at my school, that were […]

How Do People With Low Vision…Participate in Theater?

How Do People With Low Vision…Participate in Theater?

My freshman year of high school, I had the opportunity to participate in a school wide play competition. Each grade presented a student-written and directed one act play and competed against the other grades to see who had the best performance. While I don’t remember […]

High School Mentorships

High School Mentorships

During my senior year of high school, I received the opportunity to take a class which allowed students to be paired up with mentors in the community, and shadow them at their jobs. I had the unique experience of doing my mentorship at the elementary […]