Technology guides blind student through law school

first_imgHow does a blind student maneuver in law school? Scott Greenblatt tells us — via e-mail — how technology helps him function as a third-year law student at Florida State University:“I use a standard laptop with the screen-reading program JAWS for Windows from Freedom Scientific. JAWS echoes any text that appears on my computer screen and the functionality of the software allows me to navigate around any program I have on my computer without use of a true mouse.“JAWS allows me to read through documents, e-mails, or Web pages line by line, sentence by sentence, word by word, character by character, paragraph by paragraph, and even from a point of my choosing to the end of the document.“I get all of my textbooks in digital format from the publishers so that I can open the books through a word processing program like MS Word. Having my books in this format allows me to modify them in ways that permit me to make notes in the book like I could if I were using a pen or highlighter on a hard copy.“The small unit I pulled from my pocket to make note of that book Justice Lewis told me about is called a Voice Mate. It is like a voice-operated digital planner on which I can store phone numbers and addresses with recorded names, record voice memos for note-taking purposes, and record memos attached to time/date stamps that set off alarms to alert me to a message I set for myself.“In addition, I also use a small digital book reader unit called a Book Port, which is pocket-sized and uses removable compact flash cards on which I can put my textbooks and any other digital documents for review. The Book Port is purely a book reader that does not allow me to modify any of the files I read on it, but I am able to insert bookmarks in the files on the unit to mark passages I wish to move directly to within a file I am reviewing.“I also use a Braille note-taker from Freedom Scientific called Braille Lite. The Braille Lite uses a Braille keyboard with voice output to read what is on the unit, and it also has an 18-cell refreshable Braille display that allows me to read any documents on the unit without any audio output.“All accessible software and hardware is quite expensive. JAWS for Windows: $1,000; Voice Mate: $250; Book Port: $500; and the Braille Lite note-taker was $2,500 when purchased.“I’ve been fortunate to be a client of the Division of Blind Services, and they help me out with purchasing the expensive accessible hardware and software. DBS also helps me purchase my textbooks for class and pay for people to read documents onto audiocassette if I cannot get the materials I need in another format.“When my professors hand out materials in class, I ask them to send me those materials as attachments to e-mails, which generally works if the materials are on their computers, and if the materials are only available as hard copy printed text. Mark Evans, from the FSU College of Law library circulation desk, helps me by having those materials scanned into digital text format for me.“When I got to Florida State, I had to be led around my entire first semester by a sighted guide until I could be trained on how to get around to my classes. Each semester I had to work with my mobility trainer to find where my courses were located. the time my undergraduate [in psychology] was finished, I had learned how to walk to around 24 buildings across the campus. When I took my tests in my courses, I had someone at the Student Disability Resource Center read them to me and then record my answers on the designated answer forms. Due to the nature of my tests, I was (and still am) given double time to complete each exam so I have enough time to listen carefully to each question and decide on my answers.“When I decided to go to law school, I knew I had to take a prep class and DBS paid for me to attend the Kaplan course. Since none of the study materials were in accessible format, DBS also paid for those materials to be read onto audiocassette for me. I took the LSAT in Pensacola with a reader/writer and used double-time allowance for the administration of the exam. Before I took the LSAT, I had to fight with LSAC to get the few accommodations I requested. I have since learned that other individuals with visual impairments have requested and gotten more accommodations than I was assured by LSAC that they do not allow. I found it not at all surprising that LSAC had been in trouble previously when it came to accommodations for persons with disabilities, and I only wish I had known more about the outcomes of those cases when I was dealing with LSAC for my accommodations.“I got my first guide dog, Norway, from Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Florida, in August 1994. Norway was a 60-pound black Labrador retriever who worked with me until I retired her in 2003. Norway now lives with my parents down in Hollywood, as their pet. When I retired Norway, I went back to Southeastern Guide Dogs and got paired with Karly. The dogs are weaned from their mothers at eight weeks old and given over to foster families to raise and train until they are one year old, and then they return to the school for guide training. During that first year, the puppies learn all the basic obedience, as they are socialized by going with someone from the home they are placed with wherever they go, just like a completely trained guide dog, and they begin to learn the basics about directional commands. When the puppies go back to the guide dog school, they are formally trained how to lead their partners, identify and avoid dangerous situations, and identify so they can find certain objects like doors, elevators, and stairs upon command. The dogs are trained not to eat, drink, or relieve themselves when they are in harness and on the job.” November 15, 2005 Regular News Technology guides blind student through law schoolcenter_img Technology guides blind student through law schoollast_img read more

Celebrity doctor sells Brisbane riverfront investment property

first_imgDr Ingrid Tall, owner of Cosmetic Image Clinic, has sold her Norman Park investment property. Photo: Bruce Long.FORMER Australian Medical Association Queensland boss, media identity and political aspirant Dr Ingrid Tall has sold her Norman Park investment property for a tidy $2.32 million.Dr Tall, who now runs Cosmetic Images Clinics in the Brisbane CBD, has owned the property at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, for two decades.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThis property at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, has just sold for $2.32m.The home at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, as seen from the front.The home has been snapped up by a couple of empty nesters moving from a large acreage property on Brisbane’s southside.While they might be downsizing in terms of the land and house, the buyers are certainly upsizing when it comes to views.MILLIONS CHANGE HANDS DURING HUGE AUCTION WEEKThe kitchen in the home at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe view from the deck at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.The four-bedroom riverfront home offers spectacular, panoramic views of the river and city.The traditional Queenslander-style house has a timeless gabled white and navy facade and retains original features such as wooden floors, VJ walls and high ceilings.BRISBANE HOUSE PRICES LEAVING SYDNEY FOR DEADInside the home at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.The property is very private, bound by only one neighbour and with Norman Creek on the other side.The house is two-storey and split into two completely separate, self-contained living zones.Sarah Hackett of Place negotiated the sale.Records show the property last sold for $822,000 in 2001.WHAT QUEENSLANDERS WANT IN A HOMEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChris Hemsworth’s Byron Bay mega-mansion00:29last_img read more

Carlos: I almost joined Chelsea

first_img “I was still playing in Brazil with Palmeiras when Aston Villa came in for me in 1995 but they couldn’t afford the deal,” he explained. “After that, I went to Inter.” Carlos, of course, endured a difficult season in Italy but then went on to establish himself as one of the finest left-backs of all time, after joining Madrid in 1997. He won three Champions Leagues and four Liga titles with the Blancos, while he also lifted the World Cup in 2002. Brazil have not been crowned world champions since, but Carlos is optimistic about his country’s latest crop of young players. “Vinicius Junior and Rodrigo of Real Madrid are the future, along with Flamengo’s Gerson,” he declared. “These are the guys I am most excited about. “All three are fantastic players and they will be very successful.” As for his own position, Carlos believes that compatriot Marcelo is now the reference point for all aspiring left-backs. read also:‘Ronaldo was the best’ – Carlos, dismisses Messi, CR7 comparison “I feel like I was an example to follow after what I achieved, just like what Marcelo is doing now in Real Madrid,” he argued. “People will follow Marcelo just as they followed me.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Brazil legend, Roberto Carlos, has revealed that he was “very close” to joining Chelsea in 2007, only for the transfer to collapse at the last minute. Former Madrid star Roberto Carlos The former defender was a free agent at the time, having parted company with Real Madrid after 11 trophy-laden years at Santiago Bernabeu. “I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea,” Carlos told Goal after the Challenge Heineken Legends. “Chelsea didn’t work out so I signed for Fenerbahce. “But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract. “It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and (former chief executive) Peter Kenyon. “Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn’t work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer. “It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics.” Carlos also revealed that he could even have ended up in England as a 22-year-old.center_img Promoted ContentBut Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kidslast_img read more

All eyes on the Magpies tonight.

first_imgThey aim for a Premier League win at Stoke.Club owner Mike Ashley is reported to have said that Pardew will lose his job if they suffer a defeat tonight, though later insisted those comments were “tongue in cheek”.Burnley replaced the Tynesiders at the bottom of the table after losing 4-0 at West Brom.last_img