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

Padres get Clevinger, Marlins acquire Marte at deadline

first_img First Published: 1st September, 2020 05:55 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 05:55 IST Padres Get Clevinger, Marlins Acquire Marte At Deadline San Diego acted boldly once again. Miami actually strengthened its roster. Mike Clevinger, Starling Marte, Archie Bradley and Todd Frazier were on the move. Lance Lynn and Dylan Bundy stayed put. San Diego acted boldly once again. Miami actually strengthened its roster. Mike Clevinger, Starling Marte, Archie Bradley and Todd Frazier were on the move. Lance Lynn and Dylan Bundy stayed put.Baseball’s pandemic-delayed trade deadline was quite a day.The contending Padres got Clevinger in a multiplayer trade with Cleveland, bolstering their rotation Monday in a rare deadline deal between contenders. The surprising Marlins reeled in the dynamic Marte for their outfield. There was a lot of talk about pitchers Lynn and Bundy, but Lynn stayed in Texas and the Angels held onto Bundy.The trade deadline is normally July 31, but it was pushed back when the start of the season was delayed because of the coronavirus. With the shortened season and financial uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, there was talk that it might be an unusually quiet day. But there was plenty of activity instead, spurred in part by the 16-team playoff format for this year.“It felt like a normal deadline in a lot of ways,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Tons of activity and phone calls and things like that. I think that in the end, you know, with the Padres notwithstanding, I think that there probably wasn’t quite as much aggressiveness.”Shooting for its first playoff appearance since 2006, San Diego acquired Clevinger in its fifth trade since Saturday. The cost was a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges, adding to the Indians’ depth for their pursuit of the AL Central title.Clevinger hopes to join his new team in time for its series opener at Anaheim on Wednesday.”Definitely something special brewing here and I think it’s going to be something special for coming years, not just this year,” Clevinger said.Miami is normally a seller at the deadline. But the Marlins are in the postseason mix with a .500 record after dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, and help is on the way.The Fish sent pitchers Caleb Smith and Humberto Mejia and a player to be named to the Diamondbacks for Marte, who is batting .311 in 33 games this year. Miami also traded Jonathan Villar to Toronto for a player to be named, but Isan Díaz is working out again and could return to the Marlins soon.“Our club has fought so hard for the first 30 games for what they endured,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “We want to do everything on our part to put us in a position to make it to the playoffs.”(Image Credit: AP) LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img Written By Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

AVB plans ‘huge gamble on Terry’

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas is reportedly preparing to take a huge gamble on John Terry and play him against Napoli.Terry is a major doubt for the Champions League encounter because of a knee problem that has kept him out of his team’s last four matches.Will Terry face Napoli?But the Daily Mirror believe the under-pressure Villas-Boas knows his job as Chelsea boss is on the line and is minded to risk Terry for the game – especially given that Napoli have a dangerous forward line of Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani.The Daily Telegraph also suggest AVB may risk Terry against Cavani and co because he desperately needs the England defender’s experience in such an important game.The Daily Star say AVB will turn to his ‘old guard’ by including Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.And The Sun declare that Chelsea will ‘say RIP to AVB’ if they lose in Naples, with owner Roman Abramovich said to be ready to axe the 34-year-old.Meanwhile, the Mirror report that Neil Warnock plans to raid his old club for coach Ronnie Jepson.Jepson remained at QPR after the club’s recent sacking of Warnock, who took over at Elland Road last week.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Takeaways: Logan Couture speaks bluntly about Sharks defensive struggles

first_imgST. LOUIS — Pete DeBoer often uses colorful language to describe games in which the Sharks have put forth the type of performance they threw out on the ice in St. Louis Friday.He’s called his team’s most-lopsided losses “eggs” and “clunkers,” telling reporters to “burn the tape.”On Friday, he spoke in more sober terms about the Sharks back-to-back losses to the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues.“Yesterday, we were reckless, but we had energy. Today, we were reckless without energy,” the …last_img read more

Three observations: What’s behind A’s hot streak?

first_imgOAKLAND — When the A’s returned home from Pittsburgh last weekend, they were a sinking club in need of a surge. They’d lost eight of nine games on a swing through Toronto, Boston and Pittsburg, capped by a 13-inning loss in the trip finale against the Pirates.Five games and four wins later — three walk-offs and a no-hitter — Oakland has recaptured the mojo.Saturday, Ramon Laureano hit a bloop single to right to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the A’s celebrated a 3-2 …last_img read more

MH370: New search area

first_imgIn a dramatic development in the search for MH370 the search area is to be moved back to a zone approximately 1700km west of Perth, Western Australia, previously dismissed in late March.MH370, with 239 passengers and crew vanished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.Airlineratings.com has learnt from US sources that the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre will announce Thursday June 26th that a six-week analysis of all information related to the Boeing 777’s flight path has resulted in a 500km shift in the search area to the south-west.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the international search, confirmed the area of highest probability would be “further south.”The search area is still located on what is termed the seventh arc based on the UK based Inmarsat’s satellite interrogation of the Boeing 777 – just much further south.While the ATSB would not be drawn on precise detail the US sources told AirlineRatings.com that the two ocean floor mapping vessels the Fugro Equator and the Chinese PLA-Navy’s Zhu Kezhen are in the area.These ships will map the sea bed, which is up to 6000m deep, ahead of a commercial contractor starting a side scan sonar search with a towed Orion vehicle, more capable than the Bluefin 21 used earlier.The search area is 60,000 sq kms and it could still take up to 12 months to cover the entire area.When the search first started in the southern Indian Ocean on March 18 the initial search area was 2500km south-west of Perth.On March 28 on an updated assessment from the ATSB it was moved 1900km due west of Perth.However, it was only an aerial search.When Ocean Shield was deployed early in April fresh intelligence from Malaysia led the search to be moved 800km north-east – essentially due west of Exmouth.The detection of what was thought to be black box pings within days kept the search in that region for over a month despite some misgivings at the ATSB.After the failure to find MH370 in that area the ATSB convened a comprehensive review of all the data including the critical Inmarsat satellite communications with the Boeing 777.AirlineRatings.com understands from the US source that at least three independent groups were formed to analyse all the information and all have come to the same conclusion on the most likely crash site of MH370.last_img read more

39 assists proof of Ginebra’s ‘unselfish mentality’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio made a beeline drive to the basket then set up Greg Slaughter for the uncontested dunk at the 5:24 mark of the third quarter.A little over a minute later, Scottie Thompson penetrated the lane before dropping a dime to Slaughter for another throwdown.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ginebra’s assist total was the most in 14 years, as per league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.The Kings made basketball simple by moving the ball and finding the open man, assisting on 39 out of their 44 made field goals.And with Ginebra playing unselfish and getting contributions from almost everyone, Kia, which trailed by as much as 34 points, was just lost defensively.“We change good shots into great shots with our ball movement,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PSC halts sale of Rizal Memorial Sports Complex LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Those couple of plays made for two of the Gin Kings’ whopping 39 assists in their wire-to-wire win over the Kia Picanto on Wednesday.“I’m really proud of that. I’m proud of the way we’ve been assisting the ball. It just shows the unselfish mentality everybody has,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after his team’s 120-99 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“LA is the leader in that but I think the key guy is Scottie. He’s so infectious with his passing and everybody wants to do it. Joe also loves to pass and Justin also loves to pass. It becomes infectious after a while and guys really look to move the ball,” Cone added.Thompson dished out a game-high 10 assists while Brownlee and Tenorio finished with seven and five, respectively.center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

13 killed in Maha chemical factory explosion

first_imgMumbai: At least 13 workers were killed and 58 others injured in chain explosions of nitrogen gas cylinders at a chemical factory in Dhule district of Maharashtra on Saturday morning, police said.Prima facie, a leaking chemical from a barrel triggered fire which led to serial explosions in the factory in Waghadi village in Shirpur taluka around 9:45 am, a senior police officer said. “Thirteen workers have been killed while 58 others were injured in the explosion of nitrogen gas cylinders at the chemical factory,” he said. At least 100 workers were present in the factory at the time of the incident, he added. The officer said the rescue operation at the spot is still going on while the blaze has been brought under control. Teams of fire brigade, police, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are conducting the relief and rescue operations.last_img read more

Trump confirms CNBC contributor Kudlow to be economic aide

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he has picked CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser and said the country is in line for a long run of upbeat financial news.The United States “will have many years of Great Economic & Financial Success, with low taxes, unparalleled innovation, fair trade and an ever expanding labour force leading the way!” the president tweeted.Kudlow is succeeding Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, at the White House. Cohn is leaving after a dispute over Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.Kudlow served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading proponent of tax cuts and a smaller government.Kudlow told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has accepted the offer and said the U.S. economy was poised to take off after Trump signed $1.5 trillion worth of tax cuts into law.“The economy is starting to roar and we’re going to get more of that,” he said.Kudlow will join an administration in the middle of a tumultuous overhaul, with a number of White House staffers and top officials departing in recent weeks. Trump on Tuesday dumped his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.Trump seems increasingly determined to tax foreign imports, a policy that Kudlow personally opposes. Kudlow said he is “in accord” with Trump’s agenda and that his team at the White House would help put in place policies set by the president.Trump has promised to reduce the trade imbalance with China and rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Kudlow declined to say what advice he would give the president on trade issues, saying instead that Trump is “a very good negotiator.”Kudlow, 70, has informally advised the Trump administration in the past and he has spoken with the president “at some length in recent days,” so he is ready “to hit the ground running.”Kudlow told CNBC on Wednesday that he was going to Washington on Thursday to meet with Trump. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration “will keep everyone posted” on when Kudlow officially assumes the job.last_img read more