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Chiari Malformation

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…

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…

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

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…

Assistive Technology For Fluctuating Eyesight

Assistive Technology For Fluctuating Eyesight

When I was in middle school, I noticed that it was easier to read text early in the morning compared to later in the day when my eyesight would be worse, not realizing this was due to fluctuating eyesight. As I got older and my…

Eyes Free Fitness Review

Eyes Free Fitness Review

The other day, one of my friends was asking me about how to find accessible exercise videos for people with sight loss. They were telling me about a specific experience where they were trying to follow along with a workout video on YouTube where the…

Five Common Technology Behaviors That Hurt My Brain

Five Common Technology Behaviors That Hurt My Brain

When I was in high school, I sometimes had difficulty explaining how common technology behaviors or other technology in the classroom would hurt my brain, also known as give me a migraine. Many teachers assumed that I was refusing to participate in class, but the…

Pain Management Tools I Love From Amazon

Pain Management Tools I Love From Amazon

I’m not sure why, but this week I have been texting a bunch of my friends about pain management tools and non-medication chronic pain relief options from Amazon that I use in my day to day life. I’m not sure if all of my friends…

College Scheduling Hacks For Students With Chronic Illness

College Scheduling Hacks For Students With Chronic Illness

As a college student with chronic illness, I have learned a lot about how to schedule college classes and how to create the best college schedule. Many of my friends come to me every semester with a list of their required classes and ask me…

How To Write Emergency Medical Information For Android 10

How To Write Emergency Medical Information For Android 10

Over the summer, my friend asked if there was an easy way to display medical information on their phone in case of an emergency, and I was able to show them a cool function in Android that allows users to do exactly that, and with…

Weighted Blankets and Chiari Malformation

Weighted Blankets and Chiari Malformation

Several months ago, I decided to try using a weighted blanket for Chiari Malformation symptoms to see if it would help me sleep better. Due to my Chiari Malformation, I frequently get painful leg spasms, have trouble sleeping due to pain in my back, and…