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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…

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

Filling Out Medical Forms With Low Vision

Filling Out Medical Forms With Low Vision

As a person living with chronic illness, I have spent a lot of time filling out medical forms with low vision and trying out various forms of assistive technology so that I can fill out forms quickly and accurately. Since it often takes me longer…

Creating Custom Workouts With Amazon Alexa

Creating Custom Workouts With Amazon Alexa

I have trouble following along with a lot of exercise videos and classes, so I decided to do some research to see if I could use my favorite technology to create an audio-based exercise routine that I could use as needed. My favorite option that…

Travel Insurance and Chronic Illness

Travel Insurance and Chronic Illness

In a perfect world, today’s post would have been about the awesome conference I was supposed to attend and interesting things I had learned about during that week. Unfortunately, instead of going to the conference, I ended up being hospitalized the day before my flight…

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…

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…

How To Hack An Accessible Dorm

How To Hack An Accessible Dorm

Since I do not rely on mobility aids, it’s difficult for me to get one of the official mobility accessible dorms on my college campus. I’m not complaining about this though, because I’ve been able to come up with lots of solutions that help me…

Dealing With Dorm Temperature Issues

Dealing With Dorm Temperature Issues

One of the less fun parts about living in on-campus housing in college is dealing with dorm temperatures and learning what to do if a dorm is too hot, or alternatively what to do when a dorm is too cold. In the four years I…

Eight Adult Shoes Without Shoelaces

Eight Adult Shoes Without Shoelaces

I have trouble tying my shoes due to vision impairment and Chiari Malformation, so whenever I go shoe shopping, I look for comfortable and easy to wear shoes that don’t have shoelaces or other complicated fasteners. It’s easy to find children’s shoes without shoelaces, but…

Ten Healthy Migraine-Friendly Snacks For Your Dorm

Ten Healthy Migraine-Friendly Snacks For Your Dorm

Earlier this week, I read an interesting study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (a segment of NIH) that talked about how the average dorm room contains 20,000 calories worth of snack food, most of which consisted of heavily processed snacks and other…