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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…

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…

How I Outline Research Papers With OneNote

How I Outline Research Papers With OneNote

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…

My Favorite Web Browser Extensions For Virtual Learning

My Favorite Web Browser Extensions For Virtual Learning

After taking over three dozen virtual classes and countless more online hybrid classes, I have learned firsthand how using web browser extensions for virtual learning can make a huge difference in how well I do in my virtual classes. While these extensions don’t help me…

All About The National Homework Hotline For Blind And Visually Impaired Students

All About The National Homework Hotline For Blind And Visually Impaired Students

In response to recent school closures, VISTAS Education Partners (based out of New Jersey) has started a free resource called the National Homework Hotline for blind and visually impaired students to receive support and help with accessing classroom materials during this time. I am super…

My Favorite Tips For Attending Live Video Lectures

My Favorite Tips For Attending Live Video Lectures

In recent times, many of my friends have been asking me for tips on attending live video lectures and attending classes remotely with video chat. I’ve attended many of my college classes via video chat in the past, and have also given guest lectures over…

How I Attend College Classes Remotely With Chronic Illness

How I Attend College Classes Remotely With Chronic Illness

As a college student with a disability and chronic illness, there have been times where I’ve been unable to attend my physical classes due to issues with my health or other factors. Luckily, my professors are awesome and allowed me to attend my physical classes…

The POST Act: A Proposed Policy For Student Online Privacy

The POST Act: A Proposed Policy For Student Online Privacy

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a policy idea called the Privacy Of Student Technology Act (also known as the POST Act), which would help to expand media consent forms for how images and videos of students are shared by their teachers…

9 Ways To Customize Blackboard For Students

9 Ways To Customize Blackboard For Students

My university uses a virtual learning and course management system called Blackboard, which houses all of the assignments and information about my classes, whether they meet virtually or in-person. While it’s great to have all of the information I could possibly need to access all…

How I Use My Phone As Assistive Technology In Class

How I Use My Phone As Assistive Technology In Class

A lot of people on social media have been talking about a viral article that shares reasons why a college professor does not allow students to have phones in class, and one of the first thoughts that came to mind was how glad I am…

Blindness Canes and Paparazzi: Navigating College Campuses

Blindness Canes and Paparazzi: 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…

Blindness Canes and Snowstorms: Navigating College Campuses

Blindness Canes and Snowstorms: Navigating College Campuses

Staying safe in snowstorms, hurricanes, and other weather events when living in the dorms on campus