Why does your name have so many “I”s?
In the United States, “four eyes” is a common slang term for wearing glasses. Since my name is Veronica, I chose to incorporate three additional “I”s in my name, so I would be Veronica with four “I”s, or eyes.
How should I refer to your blog?
My blog is referred to as Veroniiiica- Veronica With Four Eyes. My social media username, Veron4ica, is pronounced ver-awn-for-ike-uh.
Where do you live?
I am from Virginia and attend George Mason University, which is right outside of Washington, DC.
What schools did you attend?
I attended Virginia public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade in two different school districts. I attended one elementary school, one middle school, and two high schools- I attended one for freshman and sophomore year and switched to a different school district for junior and senior year. I graduated with an advanced diploma in 2015 with a 3.8 GPA. I started attending university in Virginia in 2015, and expect to graduate in late 2019.
Were you in special education?
Besides briefly having a 504 plan in middle school, I had an IEP all throughout my years in school for low vision. I accessed the general curriculum and spent over 90% of my time in the general education classroom. I was the only student with documented low vision in the schools I attended.
Are you a Braille reader?
I am not a Braille reader, I prefer to use large print or a screen reader. I do know how to read limited Braille, but do not use it in my daily life.
Do you prefer person-first or identity-first language?
I use a mix of person-first and identity-first language in my writing, and do not have a preference for which one people should use when talking to me. I do ask that people refrain from making disability sound miserable or dramatic, i.e using terms like “suffering from low vision.”
What diagnoses do you have?
I was originally diagnosed with accommodative esotropia around age three, with additional diagnoses of astigmatism, strabismus, double vision, and trouble seeing small print/print disability. This diagnosis was updated to include decompensated strabismus in January 2017.
Besides eye issues, I was diagnosed with chronic migraines and chronic pain when I was fourteen , and had suspected Chiari Malformation, which was diagnosed on a MRI when I was eighteen. I have not had any surgery to treat my Chiari, though have had two eye surgeries in 2008 and at the end of 2016.
Do your siblings have low vision?
No. I have one younger brother and he has vision that is corrected to 20/20 with glasses.
Does anyone else in your family have vision issues/chronic illness?
I am the only one in my family with Chiari Malformation, chronic migraines, and chronic pain. I am also the only one in my family with low vision that is not the result of sudden vision loss.
Can I interview you?
Use my contact form here for all interview inquiries. However, I retain the right to review the contents of the interview prior to publication. I live in the US Eastern time zone.
Can I reprint your article?
Please do not reprint or repost my article without credit or permission. You may link to the post with credit to Veronica Lewis at www.veroniiiica.com. If you want to reprint my article, contact me first with this form here.
Can I share your article?
Absolutely! I share my posts on Pinterest and Twitter, and you are more than welcome to repin, retweet, and share with others! If you include a link to one of my articles in a listserv or social media page, please let me know, as I would love to see my articles being shared!
Do you post on other websites?
Yes, check out my Elsewhere page here for my list of websites I have been featured on. If you would like to feature me on your website, organization, or other media, please contact me.
Can you speak at my event?
Please email me about speaking at conferences, panels, guest lectures, or other events at veron4ica (at) gmail (dot) com. I am available for travel in the US and Canada starting in mid-May 2018 through late August 2018.
How can I suggest new posts?
Comment on any of my articles with your post idea(s), and I would be happy to check out your suggestions. I love reader suggestions!
Where do you get your blog images?
Several of my friends take blog photos with me using either an iPhone or Android phone. Other images are used under the Creative Commons Zero license and are retrieved from Pexels or Pixabay. I create blog images using Canva, PicsArt, Repix, and Photoshop.