Your fingerprint could unlock this Brookwater home

first_imgViews to the hills from the private pavilion at 16 Crest Ridge Pde, Brookwater.Tri and Thuy Nguyen have lived here for four years after upgrading within the Brookwater community. Brookwater Residential is taking 16 Crest Ridge Pde, Brookwater to market with offers over $1.25 million invited.THERE is a grand scale to every feature of 16 Crest Ridge Parade, Brookwater, from the cinema, to the open foyer entrance, and outdoor pavilions with views to the hills. The four-bedroom property sits on a 900sq m block.The house features 532sq m of living space, including a separate guest room with bathroom.Brookwater Residential’s Irena Marasea is taking the property to market with offers over $1.25 million invited. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoBut their daughter has now moved to Sydney where they spend much of their time, so the decision has been made to downsize.And while the emphasis is on grandeur in this two-level home, it’s your fingerprint that will unlock the giant pivot door at the entrance. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< SEE WHAT ELSE IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT BROOKWATER “Everything is really roomy and big with open space,” Mr Nguyen said.“And the location is nice, quiet, and it’s a peaceful place, and very secure. The property at 16 Crest Ridge Pde, Brookwater. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES last_img read more

Liberal sex laws by 2015 on the table

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Liberal sex laws by 2015 on the table by: – February 22, 2012 290 Views   no discussions Legalising homosexuality and prostitution on the cards for the Caribbean.GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday February 20, 2012 – The abolition of buggery and prostitution laws by 2015 is being considered by some Caribbean countries striving to achieve their Millennium Development Goals.This according to a senior United Nations (UN) official who said the countries, mostly former British colonies that are Caricom member nations, are faced with potential political and religious fall-out as a result.UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS to the Caribbean, Dr. Edward Greene, said at least 20 per cent of some Caribbean countries were gay, and stressed that a culture shift must be considered.He joins others in the view that prohibitive laws forces commercial sex workers and Men who have Sex with Men to go underground, making it difficult for them to access HIV education, diagnosis and treatment.According to him, the Caribbean plans to take a two-pronged approach to the situation, and will include rallying support from Champions for Change, faith-based organisations and women’s groups, and on the premise that regional laws are more easily acceptable.But with politicians fearful of taking a stand which may be unpopular among voters, or upset the religious organisations, Dr. Greene said experts proposed to produce a research paper on the impact of decriminalizing such activities in other countries. “In that way politicians in each jurisdiction would be better insulated from criticisms,” he said.He is calling on Caricom member countries to take a regional position as it relates to the revamping on such laws, and which will also be in keeping with international trends. “That way we save national politicians from having to put forward these views as if they were theirs,” said Dr. Greene, a former Caricom Assistant Secretary General for Human and Social Development.He added that the Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS was drafting a model legislation for the past five years.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Greensburg Rotarians earn ‘District Club of the Year’

first_imgPictured are the majority of the members making up Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in Rotary District #6580, Southern Indiana. The Greensburg Club was recently named medium size Club of the Year for the District. Members present for the photo include: (front row, left to right) Past District Governor Jerry Fox, 2018-19 President –Elect Jeff Emsweller, Sally Koors, Jenni Hanna, Linda Simmons, 2017-18 President Mandy Lohrum, President-Elect for 2019-20 Lora Williams. (Back row, left to right) Dr. Art Turner, Chris Christianson, Bill Robbins, Ron Bauerle, Past Assistant District Governor Larry Moore, Past Assistant District Governor Steve Freeman, Barb Jakad, Jennifer Sturges, Beverly Moore, Courtney Crowe, Diane Hart-Dawson, Daryl Tressler, Tami Wenning.Indianapolis, In. — For the first time in at least 15 years, Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in District #6580, which comprises the southern half of Indiana, was named the District Club of the Year at the “All IN” Indiana Rotary Club  Conference on Saturday at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.  Greensburg received the award in the medium club division, which consists of clubs having 30-49 members. The Southern Indiana District #6580 consists of 33 Rotary Clubs.The award is based upon club accomplishments over a nine-month period during the current Presidential cycle, from July 1, 2017, through March 30, 2018. The President of the Greensburg Club is Mandy Lohrum, who accepted the award at the Saturday conference. Lohrum will serve as an Assistant District Governor in the 2018-19 Rotary Service year.In order to be considered for the award, Rotary clubs received points based on membership growth, Rotary Foundation support, completed projects/activities, public image and awareness development, District participation, and a brief narrative provided by the current President.The Greensburg Rotary Club, which will celebrate 100 years in existence in the year 2020, is very active in not only providing service to Rotary International projects and efforts, but the club also puts extensive effort into local causes as well.Local projects Greensburg Rotarians are committed to include:Providing three area high school age students with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), allowing them to attend a 3-day leadership camp at Bradford Woods near Bloomington, INAnnual Euchre Tournament, where funds are raised to support the efforts of Decatur County Special Olympics and other worthy local projectsIndiana Department of Transportation Roadside Clean-up of the area east of Greensburg on State Road 46 at CR 350 E toward Lake McCoyGreensburg Power of the Past parking detailEducator of the Year Award presented to a teacher or administrator of one of the local schools in either Greensburg or Decatur CountyService Above Self Essay contest for scholarship available to local studentsPaul Harris (Founder of Rotary) community award winnersRaising funds for the “This Close” Rotary International Polio eradication effortRinging Bells for the Greensburg Daily News Cheer FundPoinsettia Sales Project for the community“I Like Me” book efforts supplying customized books for young elementary students in city and county schools“The Greensburg Club has strived to become a vibrant community outreaching organization,” President Lohrum said. “We have a vision and a strategic plan to be a thriving club.”The Greensburg Rotary Club meets at 12 p.m. on Mondays, unless there is a special event, at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Classroom D.In other news from the All IN Indiana Rotary Conference, the Batesville Rotary Club was named the Small Club of the Year while Columbus Rotary Club was named the Large Club of the Year in District #6580.The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:First – The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for serviceSecond – High ethical standards, in business and profession: the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s personal, business and community lifeThird – The application of the ideal of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.The Rotary International creed consists of the Four-Way Test and is recited at each meeting: “Of the things we think, say or do: First, is it the Truth? Second, is it Fair to all concerned? Third, will it build Good Will and Better Friendship? Fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned?”last_img read more

Ronaldo commits future to Juventus until 2022 amid Real Madrid links

first_imgThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner has an ‘excellent’ relationship with the club, that has become stronger during the coronavirus pandemic.Ronaldo joined The Old Lady for £100million and has not fallen short of that valuation – with 42 Serie A goals in 53 matches.Links to his old club Real Madrid began to stir when his international teammate Jose Fonte claimed that he ‘has left the door open’ for a spectacular return to Spain.However, the attacker seems content with his life in Italy as he currently resides back in his hometown of Madeira in Portugal with his wife and four children.Ronaldo posted an image to social media of his work-out as he aims to keep fit during the covid-19 pandemic.Ronaldo plans to return back to Italy next week as he prepares for the eventual resumption of the Serie A season. Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly committed another two years to Juventus after joining the club from Real Madrid in 2018.Advertisement The Portuguese attacker signed a four-year deal with the Serie A side and despite links with a move away, Tuttosport have assured that Ronaldo ensured that he will see out his contract in Turin. Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Asian Actresses Of Irresistible Beauty10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globecenter_img Loading… Read Also: UEFA urges leagues to complete suspended football seasonsHowever, Juventus have planned not to stick their star-man in quarantine, along with the rest of the club’s non-Italian players, as they wish to test all their staff for coronavirus.The Turin-based side publicly announced that three players – Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala – tested positive for COVID-19 since the country went into a national lockdown on March 10.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Biggar snatches draw for Ospreys

first_img The Ospreys won the league title at the RDS in May 2012, but Leinster dictated most of the first half with Richardt Strauss and David Kearney running in tries. They should have been further ahead than 16-9 at the break, Biggar kicking the Welsh region in touch with three penalties, including one just before the interval to cut the deficit to single figures. Biggar and Jimmy Gopperth swapped kicks on the resumption before the Ospreys raced ahead thanks to two tries in the space of three minutes from Joe Bearman and Ashley Beck. It looked like curtains for the Irish province when they had Sean Cronin sin-binned, but they managed to score 10 points while the hooker was off – Gopperth converting man-of-the-match Jack McGrath’s try and adding another penalty for the lead. Yet there was yet another twist in the edge-of-the-seat contest, a last-gasp ruck offence paving the way for Biggar’s equalising kick. The Ospreys had been first off the mark in the Dublin sunshine, retaining possession well before a ruck infringement from Devin Toner allowed Biggar to open the scoring three minutes in. Leinster cancelled that out with a fine try just two minutes later. Brendan Macken sparked the initial break on the right, with Gopperth and Darragh Fanning getting involved, and some fine continuity sucked in the visitors’ defence for McGrath to send fellow front-rower Strauss over unopposed in the left corner. Press Association Gopperth’s conversion attempt missed on the near side and Leinster – minus late withdrawal Luke Fitzgerald who was ruled out with a tight groin – had to make further alterations to their back-line as Darren Hudson hobbled off and Ian Madigan was introduced at full-back. Kearney, who switched to the wing, profited from a clever counter-attack for Leinster’s second try in the 13th minute. The province swung turnover ball wide for Gopperth to dart through a gap and he fed Kearney who left the covering Richard Fussell in his wake with a classy finish on the left. Gopperth failed to add the extras, but his variation in open play was keeping the Ospreys guessing as Leinster continued to prosper with ball in hand. In the second quarter, great hands from Toner to Strauss unlocked the Welsh defence and possession was retained for Gopperth to turn a low pass into a neatly-taken drop goal. Biggar cancelled those three points out with his second successful penalty, before the hosts’ hard graft at ruck time – Mike McCarthy on his home debut was in the thick of it – led to a penalty reply from Gopperth. The Ospreys stayed within a converted score for half-time thanks to a late Biggar penalty after Jordi Murphy went off his feet at a ruck. Adam Jones and Duncan Jones were sent on for the second half to solidify an Ospreys scrum that had come under pressure in the opening 40 minutes, with the former’s introduction seeing him join fellow British & Irish Lion Ian Evans on the pitch. McCarthy was caught tackling Scott Baldwin without the ball and the resulting penalty was fired through the posts by Biggar for a 16-12 scoreline. Although Gopperth was able to restore Leinster’s seven-point advantage soon after, the momentum of the game quickly shifted approaching the hour mark. The Ospreys, boosted by their strong bench, did damage through their forwards to create two quick-fire try-scoring opportunities which they clinically took. Biggar popped a perfectly-timed pass for number eight Bearman to dot down under pressure from two Leinster defenders. Television match official Brian MacNeice confirmed the grounding and Biggar’s conversion tied things up. A brilliant burst up the left saw Evans release the equally influential Eli Walker and he managed to get his pass away for Beck to dive over in the corner. Where Gopperth failed from a similar position earlier, Biggar was bang on target as his conversion moved the Ospreys 26-19 clear. The Leinster pack were just held up short as they tried to maul their way over for a try in response. They kept up the territory but Cronin’s yellow card – awarded for a harsh scrum call – rocked them at a crucial stage. Captain Shane Jennings, who assumed the hooker’s role at the subsequent lineouts, helped Leinster regroup and a muscular close-in drive from prop McGrath saw him score underneath the posts. Gopperth converted to make it 26-26. Biggar miscued a drop-goal effort and young forwards Murphy and McGrath were both prominent as Leinster hunted for the winning score. It look to have arrived when Sam Lewis was caught offside and Gopperth split the posts with just four minutes left. However, the Ospreys showed impressive resilience to batter their way downfield and, thanks to Biggar, maintain their unbeaten start to the new season. Referee Leighton Hodges awarded a controversial injury-time penalty and moved the kick even closer as he punished Leinster for not retreating quickly enough. Biggar was nerveless from the kicking tee, finishing the match with a 19-point haul and ensuring a share of the spoils for his side at the end of a hugely entertaining early season tussle. Dan Biggar snatched a 29-29 draw for the Ospreys in Dublin as reigning RaboDirect PRO12 champions Leinster let a 10-point first-half advantage slip away.last_img read more

Sunderland lift Johnson suspension

first_img The 27-year-old midfielder was suspended by the Black Cats earlier this month following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16, but will now be free to resume while the police investigation continues. A club statement said: “The club has discussed the current position in detail with both the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) and Adam’s representatives. Poyet departed in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa, which left Sunderland sitting just a point above the relegation zone with nine games to play. Advocaat’s task is simply to keep the club in the top flight, and the importance of his mission was underlined by financial figures filed on Wednesday which showed increased losses of £16.3million on ordinary activities before tax for the year ended July 31, 2014. In the report, chairman Ellis Short says: “The directors consider the major risk of the business to be a significant period of absence from the Premier League. Ongoing investment in the playing squad aims to reduce this risk.” Johnson could prove key as Advocaat and his staff attempt to find a way to get the best out of January signing Jermain Defoe. The 32-year-old striker, who arrived on Wearside from MLS side Toronto in a swap deal with Jozy Altidore, scored twice in his first five appearances for the club but has not found the back of the net in his last five. Defoe appears to represent Sunderland’s best hope of dragging themselves out of trouble, but Poyet simply could not find the system to provide him with the chances he needs, on Saturday opting to play him as a lone frontman with Scotland international Steven Fletcher attempting to provide support from the left wing, a job to which he proved less than suited. Advocaat will hope Johnson can provide the natural width, pace and flair which won him his big-money move to Manchester City and his 12 England caps to spark the fightback his club needs during the closing weeks of the campaign. “In line with those discussions we recognise that the player is entitled to re-commence his duties with the club while the legal process continues. He will therefore return to training. “The club’s own investigation cannot continue until the conclusion of the legal process. Sunderland AFC will make no further comment on the matter due to the ongoing police investigation.” Durham Police later confirmed that investigation remains “very much live and ongoing” and reiterated its warning to social media users about the dangers of identifying the alleged victims of sexual offences. A statement said: “Sunderland AFC informed us this morning of their decision, which of course is a matter entirely for the club. The police investigation remains very much live and ongoing and a man remains on bail while enquiries continue. “We would once again urge those posting on social media to be aware of the effects their comments can have. We accept rumour and speculation may be inevitable, but many of the comments have been distressing to the complainant, her family and people connected with the investigation.” Former England international Johnson has not played for the club since the 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United on February 28, but could now be in line to make a contribution at West Ham on Saturday. He was arrested at his County Durham home on March 2 and questioned at Peterlee Police Station before being released on bail until March 18. However, that period was extended until April 23 on Tuesday. News of the player’s impending return came during another tumultuous week at the Stadium of Light, during which head coach Gus Poyet was shown the door and replaced in the short term by 67-year-old Dutchman Dick Advocaat. Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is to return to training after the club lifted his suspension. Press Associationlast_img read more

Man City close in on Roberts deal

first_img The 18-year-old winger has played just 22 times for the Cottagers after he made his debut as a second-half substitute against City in Fulham’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City in March, 2014. But Press Association Sport understands City will pay in the region of £5million up front for the teenager with a further £6million in add-ons. Manchester City are closing in on an £11million deal to sign Fulham teenager Patrick Roberts. Fulham wanted to keep Roberts but it is understood he handed in a transfer request in order to seal a move to the Premier League club. Roberts, pictured on social media reportedly arriving at Wilmslow Hospital for his medical on Saturday afternoon, becomes the third English player to join City this summer. He follows Raheem Sterling, who signed in a British record £49million deal from Liverpool, and Fabian Delph, the Aston Villa captain confirmed as a City player late on Friday. Roberts has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. He also led the Cottagers to the 2014 FA Youth Cup final where they lost 7-6 on aggregate to Chelsea. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USG steps up efforts to reach out to students

first_imgEvery Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Undergraduate Student Government President Holden Slusher sits at a table on Trousdale Parkway, ready and waiting to answer questions about USG.“Anyone can come into my office hours, but we all know walking into a foreign office is intimidating, so that’s why it’s important to have it on Trousdale,” Slusher said.Slusher’s tabling, along with tabling by Vice President Ashlie Chan and a few USG senators, is part of an effort to reinvent USG’s public relations campaign and address concerns about students’ lack of familiarity with the organization.“We know that students know that we’re here, but what I want to do specifically is make what we actually do, whether that’s the events we plan or what we advocate for to administrators, [visible] to students,” said Paige Hill, senior director of communications for USG. “I don’t want to be just an organization that exists, I want students to know what we do on campus, and to increase student involvement.”With a wide-ranging list of events and activities that often receive very little attention from students, USG’s communications department has always had to come up with new ways of reaching out to students.Former USG Vice President Tony Jercinovich said the 2009-2010 administration’s tabling initiative is a step up from last year’s public relations efforts, which focused primarily on maintaining connections with campus media and reaching students through email listservs and conversations with their senators.Although last year’s officials tabled on Trousdale on an occasional basis, Jercinovich said he and other executive officers could have taken greater advantage of these techniques.“It may have been more useful to get out among students,” he said. “One of the major challenges USG faces every year is making itself known to the student body and even beyond that, that we provide a lot of services and we’re actually there to listen to what students have to say.”Charged with finding the most effective way to achieve this, USG’s communications department — including Hill, three assistant directors and Director of Outreach Chris Cheng, whose position is new this year — began its work over the summer with a focus on increasing USG’s social media presence and developing projects to be implemented during the fall semester.To help the communications department accomplish the new goals, the administration gave it a $5,000 boost in its overall budget for the year, USG Treasurer Ashwin Appiah said. The total communications department budget is $35,000.Those funds were redirected from the elections and recruitment committee budget after the administration determined USG’s annual elections carnival was no longer a sound investment, Slusher said.“[Last year] the elections carnival didn’t have that large of a turnout. It was mostly grad students, and not that that’s bad, but it’s not doing what it’s supposed to,” Slusher said. “So we gave that money to communications, and we wanted to make sure that we could do other things like [last Tuesday’s promotional event] the Hallowiener as a gift to students and to show them that we’re here for them.”The budget increase has allowed the communications department to program more promotional events like the Hallowiener — a USG-sponsored event held at Tommy Trojan that featured free food from Wienerschnitzel and a chance for students to meet USG executive officers, Hill said. In previous years, the department was rarely able to host events focused primarily on promotion due to its smaller budget, she added.Dannie Taylor, a junior majoring in communication and sociology, said the redirection of funds to events like Tuesday’s Hallowiener would help USG connect more to the student body.“I don’t see a problem with [the increased public relations budget] if it helps reach out to students because groups like USG will often be doing something, but students won’t know about it,” she said.But other students believe the budget increase is not the best use of students’ money.“I don’t understand why it’s necessary for them to have promotions,” said John Scott Gibney, a junior majoring in cinema-television production. “[The money] should be going more toward resources for students, like KSCR.”Besides communications efforts, the added funds have also contributed to USG’s outreach initiatives.According to Slusher, the volume of projects and responsibilities falling under the communications department was often too much for the department’s director to handle alone, so they created the new director of outreach position necessary to better pinpoint and respond to concerns like Gibney’s.Cheng said he and his committee are working to assess what students want from USG and to make those requests a reality.“My job isn’t just to be a trophy boy, but it’s more for people to know we’re here to help,” Cheng said. “It’s more for students to know we’re a resource, and they can give their input to see the change they want to see in the university.”Outreach committee initiatives include promotional street teams, comprised of students from different housing complexes on and around USC’s campus, and the planned Council of Presidents, which will invite the presidents of student organizations to learn about USG’s advocacy efforts and to provide feedback. The Council of Presidents is scheduled for November.Aside from working to increase USG’s campus presence, the communications department has focused on creating an online presence for itself with a Twitter account and Facebook event invitations.The department has also added a virtual suggestion box to the USG website and has distributed its weekly event summary, known as the Week-In-Brief, more frequently. In September, USG also began webcasting its weekly Senate meetings to improve the organizations’ transparency.Many of the communications department’s efforts have also gone toward more visible branding, which places the USG logo on items such as T-shirts, tote bags, sunglasses and highlighters, and uses these items as giveaways during events.Some students, like Ryan Woods, a junior majoring in cinema-television production, said the public relations changes have given them a better sense of USG’s role on campus.“I feel like they have more of a presence this year than last year,” he said. “I feel like I’ve just seen their name out there more, like in [Daily Trojan] headlines.”But for students like Gibney, USG’s increased public relations efforts have not changed their view of the organization’s purpose or reach on campus.“It’s pretty much the same. I’m part of a student club, so I’ve heard their name for funding, but outside of that, nothing,” Gibney said.Hill said she hopes to affect perceptions of USG by conducting frequent surveys to gather student feedback on the new initiatives and altering public relations methods accordingly. The communications department also plans to host another promotional meet-and-greet event similar to the Hallowiener in the spring, Hill added.“It’s a constant battle. As much as students want to know what USG is and what it does, there are avenues to do that but they opt out of them, but you have to respect what they want,” she said. “Until you’re involved in the organization, until you’re involved in USG, you’re not going to care.”last_img read more

Syracuse midfielder Evans wears walking boot on left foot as precaution

first_img Published on February 27, 2014 at 11:53 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Syracuse midfielder Jordan Evans was seen on campus Thursday morning with a walking boot on his left foot.SU Athletics spokesman Mike Morrison said the boot is a precaution.“Jordan is still dealing with the ankle injury he sustained in the scrimmage at Towson Feb. 1,” Morrison told The Daily Orange via email. The freshman came to Syracuse as the top midfielder and the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse. In three games so far this season, Evans has one goal on three shots. The lone goal came in the team’s home opener against Siena on Feb. 10. Syracuse travels to Charlottesville, Va., for a Saturday game at 7:30 p.m. against Virginia. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Virtual learning brings advantages and drawbacks for students with disabilities

first_img“I think it’s such a large university, so all of the departments in schools are removed from each other,” the student said. “There’s kind of a mix of synchronization that can make it very difficult to get accommodation.” “People are constantly typing, which is nice for deaf and hard of hearing people,” the student said. “But also I wouldn’t say it’s preferable because the online experience is super taxing, and it’s difficult to communicate regardless of whether you’re disabled.” “I’m able to just hop into an online meeting and say ‘hi’ and don’t have to worry about it being in a non-accessible classroom,” Zamora said. “I can interact with whoever I want to because it’s not like lecture style seating where everybody sits in the middle, and if you’re in a wheelchair, you’re off to the side … I don’t have to worry about my disability for the first time in education.”  “People with disabilities may miss a lecture due to [personal] reasons,” said Kimi Zamora, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering and assistant director of the Student Assembly for Accessibility. “Now they can watch [class recordings] and get the same content that they would normally miss with an in-person semester. So, I’ve honestly heard a lot of great feedback about the online semester from people with disabilities.”  For some students with disabilities, remote learning may be preferable to taking courses on campus. According to the Student Accessibility Assembly, students with disabilities have pushed for the option of online courses during in-person semesters. Student representatives in the assembly work with DSP and the greater Undergraduate Student Government to create more resources, policies and community for students with disabilities on campus.  The Disability Services and Programs at USC now integrate assistive technology training, captionists and large font settings into their services to break down disability-related barriers to distance learning. However, students with auditory impairments face particular challenges in engaging with recorded lectures with limited transcription accuracy. (Celine Vazquez | Daily Trojan) “My parents told me from a young age that if I don’t learn to speak up, nobody will look down to talk to me,” Zamora said. “As shocking as that may seem to say to a 6-year-old, I did have to really speak up and learn how to talk to people. I had to yell, I’m usually very soft spoken — I used to not really talk to anyone. For the sake of my career and for the sake of my education and for the sake of my social interaction, I have learned to be outspoken and independent, and that is something I fight for every day.”  As SAA remains strong and knowledgeable of their Americans with Disabilities Act rights, they have also demonstrated that they will continue to hold the University accountable to make sure its needs are met.  Still, other students with disabilities have found that the transition to remote learning has been challenging. People with auditory disabilities, for instance, may have difficulty hearing through their computer speakers.  In addition to the new components of remote learning, Julie Van Dam, an associate professor of French who teaches a class on global narratives of disability, promotes accessible learning for all students since there may be instances where students face difficulty documenting their disability.  Despite its efforts, DSP cannot physically assist students with some aspects of learning. While they can provide resources, an online setting may leave students with disabilities to navigate accommodations, such as acquiring a private room or concentration methods, on their own. Students who have benefitted from online learning so far hope the platform remains as an option to help make USC classes more accessible for everyone on campus.  In lieu of face-to-face assistance, DSP specialists have begun to provide individual Zoom meetings so that students can connect and share their troubles and triumphs. One in five college students across the nation has some type of disability, whether all students with disabilities at USC are registered with DSP or not. Many students that learn they have a disability find out later in their education.  While the mission of Disability Services and Programs is to eliminate disability-related obstacles, this department within USC has begun to offer online services for students who have a wide range of medical conditions, injuries and learning disabilities. Some of these services include online proctoring in a small personal group, exam practice sessions, assistive technology training, reading scribes, large font settings, extended testing time, interpreters and live captionists. There are some students that find online learning challenging, as it is a new territory all USC students must endeavor. Remote learning may bring about technological difficulties and lack of social interaction; however, for students with physical disabilities, it may bring the ease of not having to worry about class commutes and navigating poorly accessible classrooms. Some students with disabilities seem to be supported at a higher level as most classes are recorded, mute and video off options are available and students can message their professors confidentially. Like students, professors must adapt to the online format and search for new ways to make their learning approaches accessible to all students online. Another component DSP has recently added is a “best practice” resource, which details how students could partake in good ergonomics while adjusting to remote learning. DSP’s services are also open to students who find themselves struggling under certain circumstances in class and seek a higher level of support, even if they have not been formally diagnosed with a disability. Van Dam believes that through virtual learning, professors are able to more clearly see and address what needs their students have and provide support accordingly.  Javin D’Souza, a co-director of SAA, said that for some students with disabilities, this semester has been the first time they can attend class without feeling like their disability may be perceived as a distraction. Now, students who have verbal tics, physical illnesses or other disabilities that would cause them to draw back from participation can mute themselves while still present in class. Some students cannot be mentally or physically present in class, and remote learning still allows them to listen to a lecture in real time.  “If I’m ill that day of class and I can’t come in,” D’Souza said, “There’s a lot of power to being able to mute your microphone and turn off your video while still being able to listen in because otherwise, I just lose that educational time.” Some students with disabilities said remote learning has allowed them to attend class in a more comfortable environment. Alternatively, other students with disabilities have found that online instruction has led to auditory, visual and kinesthetic difficulties. Despite the helpful effects the switch to remote learning has created for some students, others may encounter newfound troubles. “I feel that professors are definitely more able to see why accessibility matters,” Van Dam said. “I think that there can be an assumption that a student is trying to get away with something, and now, it’s been a very clear reminder or just an awakening to the broad kinds of accessible learning modalities that we have to embrace.”  The anonymous junior also says that students with disabilities and their accommodations should be met with decency, preparation, communication and respect. The virtual setting of online classes has helped with some of these issues as students find many learning barriers eliminated. While Toft wrote in an email that they could not confirm the incident without knowing who the student was, she said DSP services are considered to be a partnership between the University, student, vendor and the department itself with reliance on students to get in touch regarding any changes to their class schedule. On the other hand, Zamora said remote learning has helped her and other students with physical or mobile disabilities.  “We have a great team of problem-solvers who put a plan together very quickly,” Toft said. “There’s been very little impact on students. There’s been some uncertainty because everything changed … but we’ve gotten great feedback on the services we’ve been able to provide students.” “If you think about having to miss class for health reasons, like having to go to doctor’s appointments or doing lab blood work, [those are] usually some things that I have to do where I have to miss class,” said Lana Bridi, a co-director of SAA. “I’m no longer worried about missing something because classes are recorded. I can have that be online as a resource. So I think in some ways, this virtual learning environment is like an opportunity to reevaluate how we usually do things especially in terms of accessibility for students like the learning environment.”  “Ultimately, we’re working to ensure that the students get their accommodations and that they’re going through the most similar experience as their peers in the class,” said Lisa Toft, director of DSP. An anonymous junior who has an auditory disability does not wish to be identified due to her claim about DSP’s frequent instances of miscommunication, including one when DSP misscheduled her captioner on her first week of school because they were understaffed at the time. According to the student, the process of communicating and getting accommodations could be very disheartening. While the University takes multiple measures to provide accessibility for all students, there are still a number of accessibility issues on campus that pose as a barrier for students with disabilities. Zamora said that most public transportation available aside from the bus is not wheelchair accessible. While the Disabled Access to Road Transportation Program was created to serve as transportation for students with disabilities, a wheelchair-accessible vehicle is only provided given a request ahead of time. Also, Ubers, taxis and friends’ cars are also often wheelchair inaccessible, and Zamora said some students with disabilities could be left out of pre-coronavirus social gatherings and extracurricular activities.  “I feel like there’s a lot that’s on the students for us to do instead — we have to provide [accomodations] for ourselves because there’s really not much that they can do,” said an anonymous transfer student who wanted to keep her learning disability private. “One accommodation I have for testing is having a private room and having natural lighting and [DSP] usually does that, but now I have to figure it out myself. I feel they’re doing the best that they can, but not as much as they usually can just given the circumstances.” “Technical difficulties can be solved through learning, but people with disabilities can’t be solved independently and it’s a systemic issue,” Zamora said. “Technical difficulties can be solved with a day, a week rate if proper research is done, however, with a disability, this is lifelong. This affects as long as it takes to graduate. This isn’t like a one time short issue. This is people’s lives and their lifestyles that are non optional.”  “Students can’t really hear with the online platform,” Zamora said. “They will have to look at transcripts, but the transcripts on Zoom don’t necessarily transcribe as well as they can or as accurately as they should.” “The University has supported the growth and expansion of DSP resources, including staff, to reflect the growing number of students registering with our office,” Toft wrote. “We are certainly very busy at the start of a semester, as all offices at the University are. However, I don’t see understaffing as a root concern.” During a typical on-campus semester, students with disabilities can face numerous learning barriers such as commutes between classes, medically and psychologically related absences and lack of accommodations outside the classroom.  Through many committees, discussions and collaborations with different departments ranging from technological support and housing to external service providers, DSP has been working to ensure that remote learning will not pose a barrier to those with disabilities. After a thorough analysis over the summer, DSP found that they were able to provide a larger quantity of services on a broader, faster and more flexible scale to students online without concerns of social distancing or a limited schedule.  “I hope that there’s more training on that too, for professors to understand that these accommodations also aren’t … dropping your standards,” D’Souza said. “It’s just that people need more time to do things or they need basically more access to resources to be on the same playing field as everybody else.”last_img read more