Tabb alum Veronica Lewis discusses disability and success
By: Hita Abedin, Staff Writer
Veronica Lewis, a low vision and disabilities advocate, is a member of Tabb’s class of 2015. Currently, she is a student at George Mason University and is studying information technology and assistive technology. Recently, she was chosen to represent Microsoft Accessibility and star in a video entailing how she uses technology to help her navigate through information needed for school and stay organized. Microsoft had followed Veronica on Twitter for a bit before asking if she wanted to be one of six people around the world to represent them. She was also the only girl chosen for this opportunity.
Veronica was able to discuss how her disability has affected her life and her schooling. With a blog, veroniiiica.com (Veronica With 4 Eyes), she shares a mix of content, varying from tutorials, low vision Q&A’s, education and special education related posts, or even ones describing how to perceive disability in the current times. She appreciates that her blog covers the assistive technology and disability side of her life, while also detailing her ventures in what goes on in the federal government at Washington, D.C. Between Fairfax, Virginia, where her university is located, and D.C., she advocates for the low vision and blindness communities with various organizations. She believes that one of the harder obstacles to overcome was realizing that there will not always be people around to help and self advocacy is necessary when you have to do things yourself. When asked if Tabb had shaped her career in any way, she wanted to give shoutouts to Mr. Chai, for helping her realize her accommodations did not define her, Mrs. Payne, who she found influential and inspiring, and Mrs. Kenneally, who worked “behind the scenes” to help ensure she could graduate. A piece of advice she would give to her high school self would be, “Sometimes, what you learn most in a class isn’t what you’re taught in the class, but you have to look for learning experiences beyond the classroom.” When asked her opinion on the color orange, she says, “Black and orange work well for crafting high contrast documents, however, may I suggest black and yellow for something that’s more readable?” Thanks, Veronica.