Disabled University Students Braced For Fresh Challenges Amidst Covid Resurgence

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It’s been common knowledge that students commencing or returning to university for the start of the 2020/21 academic year in the U.K. will experience student life in a manner wholly different from that of their predecessors.

For Generation Covid, who attained adulthood in the year of the pandemic, heaving nightclubs, vibrant house parties and packed lecture halls will be replaced by social distancing, hand sanitizing stations and a vastly increased use of virtual platforms across the board.

As is almost always the case, many of these impacts are likely to disproportionately affect disabled students, who are thought to constitute at least 14.3% of the country’s student body.

In fact, concerns around the welfare of disabled students during these challenging times has been so pronounced, that, earlier this month, the President of the National Union of Students Larissa Kennedy declared 

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Activists called for Comcast and other providers to guarantee faster, free internet for students

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Genesis Mejia-Noyer takes her studies seriously.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Parents pick up Chromebooks for virtual instruction at the Philadelphia School District headquarters in April.

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Parents pick up Chromebooks for virtual instruction at the Philadelphia School District headquarters in April.

But, she said, her internet connection is too slow and unreliable. When she and her two siblings try to access Zoom or Google Classroom simultaneously, one or all is invariably kicked offline, or coping with frozen screens and unable to effectively ask teachers questions. Mejia-Noyer said she often has to wait minutes to get reconnected or must use her phone’s data plan to complete schoolwork.

“It happens multiple times during the school day, which is the main reason I feel distracted,” said Mejia-Noyer, a junior at Kensington Health Sciences Academy in Philadelphia. “I worry that if I don’t have access to stable internet soon, this situation will affect my future.”

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Mejia-Noyer joined students, teachers, politicians

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Provide gadgets, Internet pack to poor students for online classes: HC to schools

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The court said the committee shall also frame standard operating procedures.

The Delhi High Court Friday directed private as well as government schools to provide gadgets and an Internet package to poor students for online classes, saying the absence of such facilities prevent children from pursuing elementary education.

A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula said private unaided schools “shall be entitled to claim reimbursement of reasonable cost for procurement of the equipment and Internet package from the State under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, even though the State is not providing the same to its students”.

The bench directed constitution of a three-member committee, comprising education secretary from the Centre or his nominee, Delhi government’s education secretary or his nominee and a representative of the private schools, to expedite and streamline the process of identifying and supplying the gadgets to poor and disadvantaged students.

The court

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Lawyers eye neo-Nazi website founder’s assets for $14M award

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Technology Bolsters On-Demand Teacher Training

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In the past, she says, she would go into the classroom, watch the instructor teach, and then “look for a time when we could go over the lesson.” But “sometimes that didn’t happen until the following week,” Shirey says.

The delayed feedback was far from ideal. “It’s much more effective when you can say in the moment, ‘Here are some things you can do better,’” she says.

Now, Shirey uses a tablet mounted on a motorized Swivl base that automatically tracks a teacher moving around the classroom. From a computer in her office, or through any device with an internet connection, Shirey can observe a teacher over a live Zoom video feed and provide live feedback through a Bluetooth-equipped headset.

“The teachers love it,” she says. “The students barely notice what we’re doing because I’m not disrupting the class with my presence, and the coaching is just a lot more

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Charter relaunches free Spectrum Internet offer for students and educators

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Charter Communications, Inc. announced on Monday a relaunch of its Remote Education Offer providing free Spectrum Internet and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12th graders, college students and/or educators. The promotion is available for customers who live in a Spectrum market and do not currently have Spectrum Internet services.

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“The pandemic has prompted new focus on the technology divide and Charter is committed to being part of the comprehensive solution needed to close these gaps,” said Tom Rutledge, Charter Chairman and CEO. “This offer is the latest example of Charter’s ongoing commitment to improving access to broadband and helping to ease the strain of the pandemic in the communities we serve.”

Charter first offered its Remote Education Offer in March, resulting in 448,000 new households added through June 30, 2020 to Charter’s Spectrum Internet for

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Not providing gadgets, Net to poor students is digital apartheid: HC

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The Delhi high court on Friday directed private as well as government schools like KVs to provide gadgets and an internet package to poor students for online classes, saying not doing so amounts to “discrimination” and creates a “digital apartheid”. 

IMAGE: Children at a village in Maharashtra listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers. Photograph: Prashant Waydande/Reuters

To separate such students from others in the same class due to non-availability of a gadget or a device would generate “a feeling of inferiority” that may “affect their hearts and minds unlikely ever to be undone”, the court said.


A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula said if a school decides to voluntarily provide synchronous face-to-face real time online education as a method of teaching, “they will have to ensure that the students belonging to economically weaker section (EWS) or disadvantaged group (DG) category also have access and are able to avail

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How to make your website ADA-compliant and win at SEO

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30-second summary:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990 does now include mobile apps and websites.
  • An ADA-compliant website helps more people than those covered by ADA.
  • There are many SEO benefits such as increased visibility on google image searches, and featured snippets.
  • Co-founder of Ally digital media, Abhishek Shah says, “Responsive websites help with ADA compliance and further improve your website’s overall search presence.”
  • The four best ways to make your website ADA-compliant with a clear outline of its ADA as well as SEO benefits.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990 does now include mobile apps and websites. Specifically, Title III of the ADA has taken an official stand on how websites should be accessible for disabled users. However, when you look at what’s necessary to make a website ADA-compliant, you will see that these also will help improve your site’s SEO.

Some elements

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Helping students, parents and teachers cope with virtual learning

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Emotional Reintegration is a program to help adapt to a new normal with virtual learning as anxiety overload causes stress on students and parents this school year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The beginning of a new school year is a stressful time for almost everyone. But when you add in a pandemic, virtual classes, technology problems, and social distancing it’s anxiety overload for both parents and students alike.

“We’re helping them deal with what’s going on right now real-time and emotionally,” Dr. Gigi Hamilton said.

Gigi Hamilton, founder of Personal Enrichment Counseling & Consulting Services in Charlotte, and Sherry Latten of Latten & Associates created the Emotional Reintegration program.

“It’s designed to help deal with emotions that people have gone through since March,” Dr. Hamilton said.

The three-hour program guides administrators, teachers, and students of all ages through a multi-step process that includes Acknowledging, Reconnecting, and Cultivating.

“It’s highly interactive it’s

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No place to study, hunger, inadequate computers hurting Eastside and South L.A. students

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Los Angeles families with school-age children in Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles and Watts struggled with access to computers and adequate internet throughout the spring semester while facing job losses and food insecurity, issues that hampered online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey has found.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Families wait in line in April at the Mar Vista Family Center for free food and headphones, which students use to screen out noise while studying at home. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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Families wait in line in April at the Mar Vista Family Center for free food and headphones, which students use to screen out noise while studying at home. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The survey, a collaboration by researchers from USC and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, underscores how poverty has exacerbated the toll wrought by the pandemic and how challenging these problems are to overcome. It also suggests that the digital divide is continuing to harm the education of low-income Latino and Black students.

About three-quarters of families surveyed had experienced a loss of

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