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Student Disability Services (SDS) is a vital department at USF because it supports anyone who has any type of disability at USF. Did you know that programs such as Dragon Naturally Speaking (a voice to text program), Jaws (a screen reading software for the visually impaired), Kurzweil technology (a program that allows your computer to read texts), Zoomtext (a screen magnification program), and Smartpen (records lectures and syncs them with your notes) are all available to students with related disabilities? If you feel like you need one of these applications, you can call SDS at 415-422-2613, and they will set you up for a meeting with a specialist to determine your eligibility. For a complete list of possible accommodations, you can visit this page: http://www.usfca.edu/sds/accommodations_and_services/

In honor of Disability Awareness Week, SDS is hosting events between April 9th and April 12th. Come out and support this dedicated department! The events and descriptions are as follows:

1.  Date: Tuesday, April 9th 2013
Time: 11:45am – 12:45pm
Location: McLaren 252
Title: Math and the Blind
Description: Professor Art Karshmer’s research is in the field of computer interfaces for the handicapped. The topic of the seminar will be teaching mathematics to the visually impaired.

RSVP: https://www.usfca.edu/its/learning/cit/techtalk/registration/

The blind and visually impaired community around the world have serious problems in both learning and using mathematics. While special Braille-like codes are of value, they offer only a linear view of mathematics, leaving the student to understand complex strings of special characters that imply the actual structure being presented. In this presentation, some background information is presented along with concepts and tools that can help in the understanding of two-dimensional objects presented in a one-dimensional manner. In particular, two projects developed by USF research and development teams.

2.  Date: Wednesday, April 10th 2013
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: UC 4th Floor Lounge
Title: Unheard Voices
Description: Come join us as speakers with disabilities share their experiences. There will be a question and answer session to follow.

3.  Date: Wednesday, April 10th 2013
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: UC 4th Floor Lounge
Title: The Kings Speech
Description:  Come join us for a movie screening of The Kings Speech.

Popcorn will be provided.

England’s Prince Albert (Colin Firth), soon to become King George VI, is plagued by a crippling speech impediment. With her husband soon to take over the throne, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help Albert overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the pair as Logue uses unconventional means to teach Albert how to speak with confidence.


4.  Date: Thursday & Friday, April 11th & 12th 2013
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Presentation Theatre, School of Education
Title: The Disability Film Festival

  • MurderBall – paraplegics who play full-contact rugby in Mad Max style wheelchairs – overcoming unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games – Athens.

  • Normal People Scare Me – persons with Autism sharing first-person accounts of life and living with Autism.

  • theEyesofME – about four visually impaired teenagers in Texas as they face the usual challenges of adolescence while simultaneously learning to navigate a world designed for the sighted.

  • The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia – a documentary about dyslexia, filmed in San Francisco by James Redford (Robert Redford’s son).

  • 10:00am – 11:00am – The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
  • 11:30am –   1:00pm – Normal People Scare Me

  • 1:30pm –    3:00pm – theEyesofMe

  • 3:30pm –   5:00pm – Murder Ball

5.  Date: Friday, April 12th 2013
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Gleeson Plaza
Title: Resource Fair
Description: Come join us in Gleeson Plaza to get resources from the community and USF.


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