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Tips For Handling Academic Ableism In The Classroom

Tips For Handling Academic Ableism In The Classroom

When I was in middle school, I began to experience academic ableism in the classroom, primarily from my teachers. While I was fortunate to have many wonderful teachers who helped me to develop a love of learning and a sense of belonging in the classroom,…

How To Be An Ally For Braille Users: World Braille Day 2021

How To Be An Ally For Braille Users: World Braille Day 2021

Today (4 January 2021) is World Braille Day, a day that commemorates Louis Braille’s birthday and that celebrates the tactile system for reading and writing that he created that is used by people who are blind or visually impaired from all around the world. While…

What If I Have To Report Disability Accommodation Violations?

What If I Have To Report Disability Accommodation Violations?

My family and friends frequently tell me that I am the type of person that can handle any situation that life throws at me and that many of my experiences can make great blog material. As a result of this, I have decided to start…

How To Get Disability Accommodations In Community College

How To Get Disability Accommodations In Community College

I’m taking a couple of classes at a community college this summer to transfer back to my university, and one of the first things I did after enrolling as a visiting student was contact the Disability Services coordinator so that I would be able to…

Learning To Explain Usable Vision

Learning To Explain Usable Vision

One of the most common questions I receive from others when they notice that I have low vision or use a blindness cane is “what can you see?” The answer to this question has changed many times as I have dealt with many different short-term…

Ways To Get Accessibility Support For Virtual Learning

Ways To Get Accessibility Support For Virtual Learning

Recently, I received a question from a teacher who was nervous about having their student (who has an unidentified disability) taking virtual classes, as they do not know a lot about troubleshooting assistive technology or supporting students with technical issues. They were wondering what the…

Ways To Practice Self-Advocacy In The Virtual Classroom

Ways To Practice Self-Advocacy In The Virtual Classroom

Even though I took over a dozen online classes in high school (and over three dozen in college), I seemed to always find ways to practice self-advocacy in the virtual classroom. While it may have seemed frustrating at the time, my case manager and other…

What If I Get Dropped From All My College Classes?

What If I Get Dropped From All My College Classes?

My family and friends frequently tell me that I am the type of person that can handle any situation that life throws at me and that many of my experiences can make great blog material. As a result of this, I have decided to start…

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…

Seven Benefits of Having a Case With State Departments for Vision Impairment

Seven Benefits of Having a Case With State Departments for Vision Impairment

If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with low vision or blindness, here’s why you need a case with your state vision impairment department

Ten Phrases To Know Before Your First IEP Meeting

Ten Phrases To Know Before Your First IEP Meeting

Ten words to know before your first IEP meeting so that you can be prepared and get the best services as early on as possible!

How To Transfer To A Virtual Class Mid-Year

How To Transfer To A Virtual Class Mid-Year

How to transfer to a virtual class partially through the year or at the mid-year mark from a traditional classroom environment. Great for students with IEPs, 504 plans, or other emergency situations.

Eight Things You Need To Know About Your IEP

Eight Things You Need To Know About Your IEP

Eight items every student must know about their IEP so they can self-advocate.

Five Things Your IEP Case Manager Won’t Tell You

Five Things Your IEP Case Manager Won’t Tell You

Five not-so-secret things your IEP case manager isn’t telling you, from a college student who had a IEP

Tips For Contacting Senators and Congress Members

Tips For Contacting Senators and Congress Members

How to get your message across about healthcare (or any other topic) to your senators