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December 2, 2018

Being a parent can be very challenging, sometimes even more so when a child is visually impaired. For example, parents to visually impaired child might worry about which options will be available to the child, such as whether they will be able to go to university or not. In this post, I interview my parents and ask them about their experiences and their views on early education for visually impaired children.

Let me start with...

August 9, 2018

I’m Elin, a visually impaired blogger and Open University student. I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa when I was six years old and I was registered as blind/severely sight impaired when I was twelve. 

I wouldn’t call myself a geek but I’ve always loved education, I’m always attracted to the prospect of learning new things but when it came to making the decision about university in my l...

May 12, 2018

To apply to university in the UK, you have to submit an application to UCAS, which stands for Universities and College Admissions Service. In this post, I'll tell you about my experiences of applying to university through UCAS.

First a short recap. I'm a visually impaired student who is currently doing a PhD at University College London. I applied to study physics in 2010 with start in 2011 and thought I'd tell you a bit about...

March 7, 2018

Hi everyone,

I’m Claire and I have been visually impaired from birth. I have about 10% vision with a small visual field and can see shapes and colours. I studied Languages and Philosophy as an undergraduate (including an Erasmus year abroad in Salamanca, Spain which was lots of fun) and then did a Masters in Translation and Interpreting. I now work as a technical translator for a software company. In my spare time, I enjoy the...

March 4, 2018

Hi,

My name is Belmina and I have studied behavioural sciences including sociology, psychology and pedagogy. I’m legally blind which in my case means that I can’t see anything. Currently I’m looking for a job and have applied for a law course in employment rights. I’ve recently finished my studies in behavioural sciences, which include sociology, psychology and pedagogy. It took me seven years. A couple of which I worked and ha...

February 11, 2018

How do you tell others that you are visually impaired? I talk about my own experience and my strategies when it comes to informing others about your disability. 

When I went to primary school, we occasionally had new people join our class. Whenever this happened, my mother would visit school at the beginning of term to tell the class about my visual impairment. She'd explain what it meant, and let the other children look throug...

January 30, 2018

What does a visually impaired physicist have to think about when attending a scientific conference? This post is intended for VIPs who want to know what it's like to work as a scientist with a visual impairment, but also for organisers, speakers and poster-makers who want to improve accessibility for VIPs at conferences. 

Conferences. Big events with lots of talks, discussions, meetings and (if you're lucky) a bunch of free foo...

January 2, 2018

What is it like to study computer science with a visual impairment? In this post I provide a bunch of suggestions that helped me throughout my degree. 

Being a visually impaired student, it can be tricky to overcome the hurdles that are much easier for the other students. Fortunately, there are many solutions which make your life easier. The trick is to learn about them in time and try them to see what works for you. I would li...

December 2, 2017

PhD – The way I see it

Originally published at http://www.grapheel.com/2017/11/27/phd-the-way-i-see-it/. Reprinted here with Dániel's permission. 

PhD student, PhD candidate, doctoral researcher, post-honours degree, or for those of you who take titles serious a Doctor of Philosophy. Just few of the many ways post graduate students can be labelled. I use “Doctoral research student” on my LinkedIn profile, just to please and...

October 11, 2017

Greetings, I’m Daniel. When people ask if they should call me Dan, Danny, Daniel, I usually say, you can call me Bob if you like, as long as I know you refer to me. You see, that’s also my view on one introducing him or herself. I could say I’m a social entrepreneur or use labels like a scientist, or a virtue such as, ambitious student. But I prefer leaving this job to you. I’ll tell my story and you tell me who I am, whether...

September 30, 2017

Hey there, I’m Nathan. I have just finished my masters degree in Computer Science and I work as a full-time software engineer in Amsterdam. My eyesight is around 20%. Let me further introduce myself.

I grew up in the Netherlands and started studying Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit in 2009. It was a very obvious choice for me. I taught myself programming at the age of 15 and was reasonably experienced when I graduated...

September 30, 2017

You've just been accepted on the degree course of your dreams, congratulations! Here are eight things you might want to consider before you head off to university.

All VIPs I know who have successfully completed a university degree have something in common: they are masters of planning ahead. To help you do this too, here are the most important things that a VIP should think about before going to university. While this is by no...

August 24, 2017

 Hi and welcome to this short introduction of a visually impaired lawyer and entrepreneur. My name is Dennis Ivarsson, I grew up in Sweden where I did natural science for my A-levels and a four-and-a-half year long Master of Law degree at the University of Lund. 

I’ve been interested in law since the first time I visited a trial in court when I was 14 years old and watched the judge carry out the proceedings. To study natu...

August 23, 2017

In this post, I talk about experimental physics and how a visually impaired student can get through undergraduate (and postgraduate) physics labs.

One of the things I miss while working with theoretical physics is having a warning sign on my door that says 'Warning: Laser' or 'Warning: Radiation!'. I liked seeing them when I walked into the lab, they made me feel cool. Let me start this off by talking briefly about experimental...

August 14, 2017

How can a visually impaired student see the board in lectures and seminars? Here I explain how I solved this problem and was able to follow along in theoretical physics lectures.  

In a lecture or seminar, I typically can't see what's written on the blackboard (yes, in physics we do still occasionally use blackboards). When I started my university degree, my biggest challenge was figuring out how I could follow the lecture...

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