Hi! I made this little guide thing because I’ve noticed throughout high school and college that students, including myself, with disabilities often have trouble with teachers that use PowerPoints. Many people do not know how to make an accessible PowerPoint.
Having an accessible PowerPoint benefits everyone! Not to mention, it is a right protected by (Federal and State) law that people with disabilities have accessibility to electronic documents. So please, after reading this little guide, I HIGHLY encourage you to do some research on how to make electronic documents accessible (especially if you are a teacher or college student). Accessible documents do not only apply to PowerPoint, but Word, Excel, and a countless number of other programs.
I want to mention one thing though: I broke a big rule that I didn’t include on my little guide. Try to keep eight or less lines of text per slide. Each line should have less than ten words. I broke this rule because Tumblr allows only 10 photos for photosets, so I couldn’t break the text up anymore. I’m really sorry. :( Also, this is not a be-all and end-all guide! I seriously encourage you to look into making any and all documents more accessible (go on YouTube, there is a ton of great tutorials).
I have access to speech at least 85% of the time, but that doesn’t mean that during those times I am as verbal as a person without autism. Here are some examples of having access to speech while having speech trouble:
I have access to automatic speech, but not conscious speech.
For example I might see a dog and say, “Puppy!”, but by the time I’ve gone through I want to pat the dog, to pat the dog you have to ask the owner, the owner is over there, I should say please, I want to say to the person over there “Can I pet your dog please?” I can’t figure out how to get the words to come out of my mouth.
I have access to prompted speech, but not unprompted speech.
For example, if you ask me what book I am reading, I might be able to tell you it’s Bridge to Terabithia, and it’s good, but if I see you sitting across the room and want to tell you what I’m reading about I will not be able to initiate the conversation.
I have access to planned out speech, but not spontaneous speech.
I have to memorize what I’m going to say and how my mouth is going to move to say it, before I say it.
I have access to speech but it’s mentally exhausting.
I have access to speech but it’s physically exhausting.
I have access to speech but it’s physically painful.
I have access to speech but I have to attempt talking many times before the words actually come out of my mouth.
I have access to speech, but only scripted speech.
This can be because I don’t have access to new words, or because I don’t have time to create new words and log them and run them through filters (not even necessarily filters of “is this polite” but filters of “is this actually true”) while carrying on a conversation, or because other people’s words are more comfortable then my own.
Most of what I say is a patchwork quilt of scripts pulled out of the scrap bag of my brain and hemmed together, actually.
Scripted speech isn’t necessarily bad or noncommunicative, and there are different levels of scriptedness from “kneejerk response” (“How are you? Fine”) to “looking for scripts that fit what I’m trying to say and splicing them together”. (I sometimes create scripts in advance specially for specific conversations with specific people. That is definitely not noncommunicative.)
I have access to speech, but not the words I want to say.
"Make no because the thing is curtaining" I say, unable to do grammar entirely, hoping someone will turn off the light. When I looked for pictures of light in my brain, I found a picture of light filtering through curtains, and "make no" means "make not exist". Communicative, but damn hard to understand.
A side note: it is cruel to make someone in this state use proper grammar or polite phrasing before you acknowledge what they have said.
I have access to speech, but not communication.
This can contain some or none of things above, and it’s hard to talk well about. What I can say is:
-A lot of it was taught to me by therapy
-For a long time, and still now sometimes, people labled uncommunication as real communication and real communication as uncommunication
-Just because someone does things that look communicative that aren’t, doesn’t mean they don’t do things that are communicative, and doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to figure out how they communicate, and listen.
My daughter is a crime.
My daughter is the bottom of the vodka bottle,
She is a war,
a bleeding chest
shattered and wonderful.
is a broken sentence
and pulling slivers from her hands.
Hello there, dear writerly friends!
Over the last year I’ve gotten hundreds (
if not thousands :0) of writers sending me their story-ideas and asking me if they’re ‘good.’ Now, instead of continuously copy-pasting the same response, or worse ignoring them, I decided to format my thoughts into a nice-and-simple test c;
Now, since I have a feeling some of you still have questions, let me post here my answers to the responses I’ve gotten from this test:
Is this seriously the test?
Yes. Just 3 questions. Not more. Not less.
You’re saying that if I find the story-idea ‘fun’ to write, then I’m good to go?
Even though you know nothing about my story-idea?
Nope. I don’t care what your story is actually about. All I care about is that you have fun. Seriously. If you have fun writing it, the reader will be able to tell. It’s easier to be passionate about something you enjoy. On the flip-side, have you ever read anything that was written by someone who clearly was not having ANY fun? Ask your English teacher if they can tell when someone actually enjoyed writing an essay. You may be able to half-ass a cake and make something edible, but you can’t half-ass a book and expect people to like it.
Even though I think this story idea is similar to that of another book?
Jorge Luis Borges said that there are only 4 types of stories: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power, and the journey. The truth is that, really, the idea for the story does not matter. It’s not what you say, but how you it say that matters. And, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s easier to get your voice across when you’re actually enjoying the process of writing c;
How do I make my story-idea more ‘fun’?
Be honest with yourself. Write about what excites you. You don’t have to write about anything you don’t care about, or meet some sort of imaginary guidelines. Writing is art. Write about anything you want. Additionally, you may want to checkout my (Strange) Guide to Planning Your Novel, it’s built on this entire philosophy.
I hope this helps! I have gotten this question so many times, I thought it would be best to just put my answer out there for all of you c;
If you want more writerly content, such as writer positivity and prompts, make sure to follow my blog: maxkirin.tumblr.com!
Welcome to the next edition of my Student Survival Guide!
I’m glued to my phone. I LOVE new apps and I’m constantly downloading new ones (free ones, I might add) to see which are my faves.
So here’s my selection of apps that I think you students (or people on a budget, or people who just love apps) need! There are WAY more apps that I love on my best apps for students page :)
Disclaimer: I’m from the UK so I’m going to be posting apps that I’ve used and loved. If they don’t work/aren’t available in other countries I’m super sorry. These are all links to the Apple iTunes Store as well, but most of them are also available on Android.
Health and fitness:
- 5k Runner: 0 to 5k run training pro (£1.99) Now I’m sorry to start off the article with a paid app, but it’s just SO good. And it means that you don’t need a gym membership or a treadmill! I’m using it currently and I couldn’t recommend it enough!
- Nike+ Running (Free) I love this app, and the fact that it’s free is even better! I use it alongside 5k Runner (above) and use it to track my progress. I do need to get into the habit of using it more, though…
- PumpUp (Free) I am still yet to use this app properly and regularly but it’s amazing! You can enter in where you are (home or gym), what area of the body you want to target, what props you have access to (weights, skipping rope, only you and your body etc) and a bunch of other stuff and it tailor makes a workout for you to follow! AND it’s got a fitness community on there for motivation and just to chat to! A+ seriously
- Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax (Free) I used to use the app Headspace, and I admitedly did prefer it. But when I found out you only get the first 10 days free and after that it’s a monthly supscription I deleted it out of principle. Calm comes in a very close second and I still do love it! Especially seeing as it’s free!
- SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) (Free) If you have anxiety like me, this app is brilliant. It really helps you keep track of everything and manage your anxiety well. MindShift is also a good, also free app for this!
- BBC Good Food (Free) I love this website and I love this app. It has SO MANY recipes on it, it’s in UK measurements (FINALLY!! I find it so hard to find recipe apps that don’t measure everything in cups) and you can search by a bunch of different catagories! Healthy recipes included!! You can save recipes to your favourites as well which is handy! It ALSO has cooking tips and tools, so if you’re not a great cook it doesn’t matter!
- Can I Eat It? UK (£1.99) Okay so this is another paid app but oh my jesus it’s amazing. Ever wondered whether something is vegan/fairtrade/low sugar/organic or a bunch of other things but can’t be bothered/struggle to find out through the label? THIS APP IS FOR YOU! You just scan the barcode and it tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about the food. It also now has a section for drinks as well! There’s an American version of this as well!
- mySuperList (Free) This is an app from the website MySupermarket which I used ALL the time at uni. You put in your shop and it tells you which supermarket the shop would be cheapest at, if any items you choose have a cheaper alternative, then delivers it to your door! So now you can do all this from your app! It’s seriously amazing for saving money on your food shop.
Money and Finance
- RedLaser (Free) This app is great. You scan something in using the barcode scanner and it will tell you the price of the item and if you can get it cheaper anywhere else!
- Money Dashboard (Free) Helpful if, like me, you sometimes lose track of your spending. You hook it up to your bank account (totally securely) and it keeps track of your spends and catagorises them so you know what you can cut down on buying.
Organasation and Productivity
- Evernote (Free) If you haven’t heard of this already I’d be surprised. Compile notes, photos, anything you want and have access to them from all your devices. I use it all the time!
- Wunderlist (Free) Similar to Evernote except purely for lists. I actually use this one more than Evernote because it’s just so handy to be able to access any lists I make from my iPhone, iPad AND computer.
- IFTTT (Free) This app is revolutionary. It basically hooks up your device with tonnes of different apps and services and does stuff for you! For example, my phone now notifies me if it’s forecast to rain tomorrow and my Instagram photos automatically upload to Twitter as photos, not links! I love it.
Deals and Offers
- Student Beans ID (Free) Student beans has a website as well and it’s amazing. Articles, offers, freebies, job listings, EVERYTHING a student could ever need. I’m so happy they got an app!
- UNiDAYS (Free) Want to know where you can get student discount? Get this app! You get a ton of exclusive student discounts through it as well!
- TED (Free) Stream/Download unlimited TED talks! I’m on this app all the time.
- Buzzfeed (Free) I really don’t need to explain Buzzfeed to you, do I? Basically, you need it. But be careful, it’s easy to waste hours reading the articles!
- Flipboard (Free) I love this app. It’s beautiful to look at and it makes saving and reading articles so easy! Feedly is also a great one for this.
- Pocket (Free) I only recently discovered Pocket and I love it. You can save ANYTHING you read on the internet to Pocket and read it later, really handy for any essay/dissertation research articles!
If you have ANY other great apps for students or if you know any alternatives for other countries then reblog with the link!
Part of my Student Survival Guide.
Tutorial: how to make organized notes.
- Read the objectives of the lecture. If there aren’t any, flip through the lecture slides and make an outline. This puts into perspective what you need to be learning and what you should get out of this lecture.
- Skim the book to get familiar with how the information is divided compared to your outline or objectives. While doing this, you’ll figure out whether or not you need the extra details from the book. Sometimes the lecture is enough and you could keep the textbook just as a reference to things you don’t get.
- Write down the first objective and flip to the page in the book that has the information pertaining to that objective. Read the lecture slide then refer to the book for details.
- Combine your lecture notes with the textbook information. Do this by rewriting the information in your own words and try to be as concise as possible.
- Keep doing this for every objective. Paste things if it helps.
- Make sure that you’re not just copying information. Use visual aids as much as possible. Put the information in a table, flowchart, diagram, etc.. (refer to this post to see how I make my flowcharts).
- When you’re done with all your objectives, go through the lecture and your notes to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
General tips on how to keep them organized:
- Be systemic. Making objective-oriented notes is one way to do that.
- Use two (or more colors). Color-coding information helps me remember it + it doesn’t look that bad.
- Section your objectives according to the topic. Then make sure that when you’re writing out the information, it’s in a sequence that’s understandable.
Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making my notes since I started med school. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.
Hope this helps and as always, happy studying :)
- breath in for 4 seconds
- hold your breath for 7 seconds
- exhale breath for 8 seconds
repeat once or twice more.
This causes an autonomic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or flight reaction) state to a parasympathetic response.
Use this for panic/anxiety attacks, exams, presentations.
Bra Fitting 101. This changed my life