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Explaining Accommodations To Substitute Teachers

Explaining Accommodations To Substitute Teachers

When I was in middle and high school, many teachers and school staff members encouraged me to develop strong self-advocacy skills so that I could feel comfortable talking about my low vision and what accommodations I would need in the classroom. Talking to a substitute…

Using An Overhead Projector For Standardized Testing

Using An Overhead Projector For Standardized Testing

My school couldn’t give me a CCTV for state standardized testing, so we used an overhead projector instead

How To Create An Accessible Formula Sheet

How To Create An Accessible Formula Sheet

In several of my math, statistics, and data science classes, the professor will provide a formula sheet for quizzes and exams, or encourage students to make their own. Many of these formula sheets are difficult to read, because there is lots of information printed on…

Dealing With Anxiety About Accommodations

Dealing With Anxiety About Accommodations

There were many times when I was in middle and high school that I had to deal with anxiety related to receiving accommodations in the classroom for my vision impairment. I was not very confident in explaining why I had poor eyesight and even less…

AlphaSmart For Low Vision and Dysgraphia

AlphaSmart For Low Vision and Dysgraphia

Recently, I received a note from someone on my website asking me if I was familiar with the AlphaSmart for low vision and dysgraphia. I was surprised that someone had asked me about this, as I had used it in early high school but had…

Ten Things I Wish My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Ten Things I Wish My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how many lessons my TVI taught me in high school, even though I did not see them very often. They…

Eight Things I’m Glad My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Eight Things I’m Glad My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how many lessons my TVI taught me in high school, even though I did not see them very often. Even…

Seeing The Future: A Proposed Resource For Students With Visual Impairment

Seeing The Future: A Proposed Resource For Students With Visual Impairment

A framework for developing a college transition resource for students with vision loss, winner of the 2018 Roosevelt Institute 10Ideas policywriting competition

Touring Colleges With Virtual Reality

Touring Colleges With Virtual Reality

As technology continues to evolve, future college students now have an additional way to search for higher education by touring colleges with virtual reality. Virtual college tours can give students the opportunity to get to know their future campus, from the comfort of their school…

Seven Myths About Schools For The Blind

Seven Myths About Schools For The Blind

When I visited Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) to talk about assistive technology, I admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect from a school for the blind. This is a completely natural response, given I had never been inside a…

Using Assistive Technology With Hour of Code

Using Assistive Technology With Hour of Code

Today is a special day. Thousands of students from all around the world are learning about computer science for the first time with Hour of Code, many from underrepresented populations. This includes students that are using assistive technology with Hour of Code to learn more…

Using Popplet With Low Vision

Using Popplet With Low Vision

Earlier this summer, I was trying to find a way to remember how to open a very confusing door at a hotel I was staying at, and decided to download Popplet to see if it would help me find a way to organize instructions. I…

How To Create A DonorsChoose Project That Will Get Funded

How To Create A DonorsChoose Project That Will Get Funded

When I was a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to work alongside my favorite teacher from elementary school and help to mentor students in the school news program. One of the things that I had noticed was that students desperately needed new…

Fast Facts About DonorsChoose

Fast Facts About DonorsChoose

I have a deep appreciation for the teachers that I interacted with during my time in Virginia Public Schools. They did as much as they could to ensure that all students had equal opportunities, though sometimes a lack of funding meant that some students would…

Ten Spooky Inaccessible Assignments and How To Fix Them

Ten Spooky Inaccessible Assignments and How To Fix Them

As a student in middle and high school, I would often get inaccessible assignments that I couldn’t read with my low vision, and I had trouble explaining what the exact problem was with the assignment- which is perfectly reasonable given it’s hard to be an…