Veronica With Four Eyes

Disability and Chronic Illness

My Thoughts On Visual Descriptions With Low Vision

My Thoughts On Visual Descriptions With Low Vision

At many of the recent events I have attended, I’ve noticed that the speakers have been including visual descriptions of themselves when introducing themselves, to be more inclusive of visually impaired audiences. I have really enjoyed listening to these visual descriptions and find them helpful,…

What I Want Congress Members To Know About Assistive Technology

What I Want Congress Members To Know About Assistive Technology

When I talk about how assistive technology has the power to change a life, this is what I want Congress Members to know about assistive technology and accessibility

Reporting Academic Ableism For Someone Else

Reporting Academic Ableism For Someone Else

Last year, one of my best friends, who I will call Jane, experienced a great deal of academic ableism from a professor in their major. While I wasn’t there to witness what happened in the classroom, I watched Jane suffer from a mental and emotional…

Digital Accessibility and Chronic Pain

Digital Accessibility and Chronic Pain

Even though I have lived with a chronic pain condition for many years, it wasn’t until recently that I fully realized how my condition influences how I interact with websites, applications, and other digital content, and how there aren’t many resources available that talk about…

How To Request a Course Substitution or Course Waiver In College

How To Request a Course Substitution or Course Waiver In College

One of the things that I love about my college is that there are hundreds of classes available for students to take that cover a wide variety of topics and areas of interest. While there are certain classes that a student may need to take…

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…

Classroom Accommodations For POTS

Classroom Accommodations For POTS

A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome following a fall on campus and subsequent hospitalization. I’ve learned a lot about how to manage this condition over the course of a year, and my professors have been very supportive…

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 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…

Bedding Hacks For Chiari Malformation

Bedding Hacks For Chiari Malformation

I love the look and feeling of a freshly-made bed, but I’ve found that many of my Chiari Malformation symptoms like neck/shoulder pain, headaches, and poor strength/coordination in hands are aggravated when I make my bed using traditional methods. Over the years, I’ve received tips…

Choosing New Devices With Chiari Malformation

Choosing New Devices With Chiari Malformation

One of the main reasons that I am skeptical to try new devices or devices made by brands I’m not familiar with is because my brain condition can have a tremendous impact on how well I am able to use the device, or if I…

How To Handle Medical Emergencies In A Dorm

How To Handle Medical Emergencies In A Dorm

Dealing with medical emergencies while living in the dorm/on campus housing

Creating Audio Description For Fireworks

Creating Audio Description For Fireworks

Recently, one of my friends asked me if I had any tips for creating audio description for fireworks, as they had missed getting to watch fireworks now that they lived in an area where there weren’t many. While I can’t make fireworks appear in the…