Advocating for digital independence of the visually impaired student

By Opinion Time of article publishedDec 1, 2020

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By Dr Ashley Subbiah

South Africa has adopted significantly progressive legislation in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in particular articles 24 (education) and 27 (work and employment), to draft its national disability rights policy. This is evidenced in the white papers 6 (policy on inclusive education) and 3 (policy on transformation of South African higher education).

Essentially, the country’s policies speak towards the enabling of more inclusive and wider access to tertiary education, the addressing of systemic exclusionary barriers prohibiting the pursuit of and successful completion of tertiary qualifications and the improvement and quality of holistic support services in the development of highly productive graduates.

As highlighted in the 2020 Disability Online Research and Practice Indaba, which was themed “No Student Will Be Left Behind: Reimagining higher education

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Chandler student researching safer football helmet wins prize

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JT Mulvihill tests his football helmet prototypes at Virginia Tech’s Helmet Lab. (Photo: Courtesy of Taragh Mulvihill)

JT Mulvihill loved playing football. He loved how every second of the game and every inch gained on the field mattered.

Then in middle school, a genetic condition caused a retinal detachment that left him blind in his left eye. Though he’s still part of the team and attends practices, he is no longer allowed to play football.

But he still found a way to remain involved with the sport.

He has spent the last two years trying to engineer a safer football helmet. His efforts earned him a second place prize this month in the engineering category of a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition.

Mulvihill, who is now a high school freshman at Arizona College Prep’s Erie campus, was selected as a finalist from a pool of nearly

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College of Community Innovation and Education Student Wins UCF 3MT Research Competition

Presentations on interrupting the achievement gap of students, technology for cooling devices, and understanding near-earth asteroids received the top prizes this year at UCF’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

The international event challenges doctoral students to present their research in three minutes using only one slide as a prompt. Judging of the students is based on research, their presentation skills and how they communicate their work to a general audience. The judges are non-scientists. This year was even more challenging because of the pandemic; students had to present via Zoom.

Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research, ten finalists came from a wide range of disciplines, including criminal justice, engineering, sciences, nursing, sociology, and education.

Lauren Thomas from curriculum and instruction took first place with her presentation on Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology ; Khan Mohammad Rabbi from mechanical engineering took second with his

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Bergen County Academies student is author and genetic researcher

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After a six-month hiatus Liberty Science Center opens to visitors. Various items explode with liquid nitrogen inside a safe room as part of Boom Time.

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RIVER EDGE — Getting young students interested in niche fields of science can be difficult. One 16-year-old is taking matters into her own hands. 

Lara Ozkan, of River Edge, hasn’t let her age stop her from becoming a genetic researcher who has studied links between diet and cancer. Not only that, but she has writtena book to outline the intricacies of RNA sequencing for beginners. 

“I love teaching,” said Ozkan. “Sometimes it’s me teaching my sister the multiplication table or teaching my brother in high school chemistry. I like spreading knowledge, that’s a genuine interest of mine.”

Lara Ozkan, a 16-year-old from River Edge, presents a research project for an online symposium. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Lara Ozkan)

Ozkan has always had an

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Sharp Canada donates $50,000 worth of technology for education to five Ontario schools to help improve student learning

MISSISSAUGA, Ont., Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MISSISSAUGA, Ont., November 24, 2020 – Five Ontario schools in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have received $50,000 worth of technology from Sharp Electronics of Canada as part of its [email protected] pilot program. The company is providing calculators, collaboration and professional displays and air purifiers to ensure students at elementary and high schools have equitable access to tools for learning and to help with student success.

The participating schools include Monarch Park Collegiate Institute, Lakeshore Collegiate Institute, Etobicoke School of the Arts and James S. Bell Junior Middle Sports and Wellness Academy in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB); and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Elementary School in the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB).

In many cases, access to technology depends on students’ ability to bring their own devices to school. Providing calculators to students in need will help them

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Student activists on the Harvard-Yale protest, one year later

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Josephine Steuer Ingall had no idea what to expect when she ran onto the Yale football field a year ago today. As kickers were warming up for the second half, the Yale student activist and freshman wondered if the protest she had helped plan for weeks would actually succeed.

“I was like, there’s absolutely no way this is going to work,” Ingall told Deadspin.

Jordi Bertrán, another Yale student activist and freshman, was by her side.

“I have to say that I mirrored the feelings of dread,” he said. “Part of me was scared. What if no one comes down with us?” He wondered.

In a matter of minutes, both would be proven wrong.

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Image: Courtesy of Josephine Steuer Ingall

I was there too, by happenstance. I drove up I-95 that morning with my dad to meet my

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Siberian student scales birch tree for internet access as classes move online

STANKEVICHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian student Alexei Dudoladov has been forced to go to great lengths – or rather great heights – to attend classes online, having to climb a birch tree in his remote Siberian village every time he needs an internet connection.

The 21-year-old, a popular blogger and a student at the Omsk Institute of Water Transport, located 2,225 kilometres (1,383 miles) east of Moscow, has got the authorities’ attention by pleading for better internet coverage from the top of a snow-covered birch tree.

In his plea – viewed 1.9 million times on TikTok and more than 56,000 times on Instagram since last week – Dudoladov tells regional governor Alexander Burkov that his home internet is not strong enough to connect to his online classes and that he has been forced to come up with a creative solution.

“I need to go into the forest 300 metres from

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Airport of the Future Global Student Design Competition 2020 Winners Announced

Winning projects reimagine airport mobility in the year 2100 for one of the 20 busiest airports in the world.

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First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

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First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
First-Place Winner: BANIYA, The Green Gateway, designed by Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

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Second-Place Winner: Sejkul, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Drive-In Airport by Dušan Sekulic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Second-Place Winner: Sejkul, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Drive-In Airport by Dušan Sekulic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Second-Place Winner: Sejkul, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Drive-In Airport by Dušan Sekulic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Autonomous pods move passengers throughout the futuristic terminal. Sejkul, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Drive-In Airport by Dušan Sekulic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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NC School of Science and Math student collaborate at a distance to win competitions during the pandemic :: WRAL.com

Last June, a student team from the North Carolina School of Science and Math was among 5 national winners of the annual “Samsung Solving Problems for Tomorrow” competition.

Solving problems using their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experience is their passion. It was last January when their team was among three in the state and 200 across the country still hoping to be among the top 5 teams that would each earn a prize worth $100,000.

The team, led by seniors Jason Li and Dalia Segal-Miller, developed an app that uses artificial intelligence to help people separate recyclables.

Holding an average thermos with a metal container and plastic lid, Li explained how the app works. The phone’s video function scans the metal surface. “It will classify as metal with about an 80% accuracy,” he said.

There were three North Carolina student teams who made it to the second stage

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Ballabhgarh murder caught on camera! CCTV footage shows 21-year-old student shot dead in cold blood



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NEW DELHI: A day after a 21-year-old girl student was shot dead allegedly by two youths outside the Aggarwal College on Monday, the CCTV footage of the brutal murder has come to fore.

The CCTV footage shows two youths coming out a white car I20 car and getting hold of two girl students.

One of the two accused, after a verbal duel, tried to pull the girl inside his vehicle parked near the gate of the college in order to abduct her but as she resisted, one of them pulled out a revolver and shot her dead in cold blood.

The shocking incident took place around 3.30 pm when the victim who was identified as Nikita, a final year student of the B.Com course in the college, had come out after appearing in the exam.

The accused managed to flee after the murder. A team

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