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Using Blackboard Ally With Low Vision

Using Blackboard Ally With Low Vision

This semester, I noticed a new tool within my online classes called Blackboard Ally that could transform the way that I access materials as a student with low vision that fluctuates frequently. I’ve been using Blackboard Ally for about a week and a half now,…

Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs For Virtual Classes

Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs For Virtual Classes

Recently, I received a message from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired asking about the most common tech skills for virtual classes that I use in college, as they were helping to prepare their students for taking online and hybrid classes in college by giving…

Taking Online English Classes With Low Vision

Taking Online English Classes With Low Vision

Over the last five years, I have had the opportunity to take two different online English classes and was able to earn high grades in both of them. While I naturally enjoy reading and writing, one of the challenges I had to overcome in taking…

ALEKS Accessibility For Visual Impairment

ALEKS Accessibility For Visual Impairment

In my current math class, the professor assigns homework and quiz questions using a tool called ALEKS so that students can practice skills outside of class. Once I found out that we would be using ALEKS, I started researching ALEKS accessibility and playing around with…

Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations For Virtual Learning

Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations For Virtual Learning

As a student with low vision, I am used to requesting and explaining disability accommodations in my college classes and in other testing environments. However, one of the things that surprised me when I started taking primarily virtual classes and exams is that I needed…

Taking Online History Classes With Low Vision

Taking Online History Classes With Low Vision

Fun fact- all of the history classes that I have taken since ninth grade have been online history classes. I took my first online history class shortly before starting tenth grade because of a scheduling issue, and while I hadn’t planned on taking additional online…

Choosing The Best Custom Video Backgrounds For Low Vision Audiences

Choosing The Best Custom Video Backgrounds For Low Vision Audiences

Recently, I was on a video call where someone had enabled a custom video background that was designed to make it easier to concentrate on the speaker but ended up being very distracting for me as someone with low vision. The dim lighting conditions for…

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 I Use My Google Chromecast For Virtual Learning

Ways I Use My Google Chromecast For Virtual Learning

Earlier today, I was working with a new web-based application for one of my classes and discovered that I was having trouble switching between multiple different windows/tabs of the same app, and started thinking of ways that I could solve this problem. In order to…

Ways To Use Visual Assistance Apps For Virtual Classes

Ways To Use Visual Assistance Apps For Virtual Classes

Recently, I was talking to another college student about different options for using visual assistance apps for virtual classes and how they could use different apps on their iOS and Android devices to help them with accessing visual information. While I frequently use visual assistance…

How Amazon Alexa Can Help With Online Learning

How Amazon Alexa Can Help With Online Learning

Whenever I am working on assignments or reading for my online classes at my desk, one of my favorite tools to use to help me with productivity is my Amazon Echo Dot. As strange as it may seem, Amazon Alexa can help with online learning…

Ten Questions To Ask When Choosing A Virtual Class

Ten Questions To Ask When Choosing A Virtual Class

As students of all ages begin planning registration for upcoming classes, I have received many messages asking questions about choosing virtual classes and how to figure out whether a class will be accessible or not for students with disabilities or other access needs. As a…

Creating Inclusive and Accessible Video Lectures For Visually Impaired Audiences

Creating Inclusive and Accessible Video Lectures For Visually Impaired Audiences

One of the questions I frequently receive from teachers filming videos for their classes is about if there is anything that they can do to create accessible video lectures for students who are blind or that have low vision. While I talk a lot about…

How I’m Using My eReader To Support Virtual Learning

How I’m Using My eReader To Support Virtual Learning

For a lot of students with low vision, spending lots of time on the computer or brightly lit devices can easily cause eyestrain/eye fatigue, especially for those taking a lot of virtual classes. One of the ways that I help to reduce strain on my…

Online Activities That Help Prepare For College Transition

Online Activities That Help Prepare For College Transition

When I was first researching colleges in high school, I spent dozens of hours completing online activities that help prepare for college transition that I found on my own. Since then, I have been able to share many of these resources with other students who…