USG members create new assembly for accessibility

first_imgGwen Howard, director of undergraduate accessibility affairs in USG, hopes to foster a sense of community for students with disabilities.  (Sarah Yaacoub | Daily Trojan) According to Howard, the share of USC students registered with DSP is currently 6.7%, more than double the 3% registered in 2016, but still well below the national average of 12% to 15%. However, many students don’t think or are not aware that their disabilities merit accommodations. When Gwen Howard, the director of accessibility affairs of Undergraduate Student Government, took office in April, she knew she wanted to create a community for students with disabilities to change the culture surrounding University accessibility. Howard, a senior majoring in performance (popular music), began working on USG’s newest student assembly, the Student Assembly for Accessibility. Hailey Robertson, a USG senator and former director of accessibility affairs, said the assembly would expand accessibility advocacy to include more students. “I didn’t really consider a mental illness that really was having a very intense impact on my life to be ‘bad enough,’” Howard said. “And that is something that I think needs to shift: this idea that disability is inherently tragic, disability is inherently sad, that it’s preferable to be ‘normal’ — whatever that means.” Howard said she hopes having the assembly will increase awareness of commonly overlooked disabilities and the different types of accommodations students with those disabilities may require. Javin D’Souza, one of the assembly’s directors, said that while the assembly’s programming is still in the planning stage, the directors are hoping to host guest speaker series, inviting disability rights activists from the area to speak on campus. He said the assembly wants to develop programming that incorporates its members’ experiences. Howard said she didn’t apply for accommodations for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that causes overly-flexible joints and stretchy, fragile skin, despite seeking outside treatment for an eating disorder her sophomore year. D’Souza said one of the assembly’s goals is to connect students with disabilities and facilitate discussion at weekly meetings about the ways the student experience differs for those with disabilities. “The sense of community is not there yet for students with disabilities,” D’Souza said. center_img USC Recreational Sports rents wheelchairs for the event, but Rosenthal said the assembly would push to have the office purchase wheelchairs to start a league. Rosenthal also said the assembly would advocate for the inclusion of students with disabilities in campus clubs and activities. He said USG’s advocacy branch had already begun this process, working with USC Recreational Sports to expand the annual Swim with Mike wheelchair basketball tournament into a permanent sport.  “There are groups on campus to represent all different types of identities,” Robertson said. “That’s true for disability as well, but the unique thing is that there isn’t an umbrella organization to provide overlap that allows those different organizations to come together and connect, so it feels very isolated, decentralized [and] disconnected.” Ben Rosenthal, former advocacy delegate and a USG senator working on the assembly resolution, said the assembly would work to develop resources for students with accessibility needs, including making buildings on campus more accessible. “It’s really hard to change the culture,” Howard said. “I’m really hoping that having an assembly will help to instill some of these conversations.” “What I think we need is to expand our sense of what disability needs are,” Howard said. “Rather than thinking of them as extra testing [and] academic accommodations, thinking about the full student experience and ways in which accessibility plays into every day of every student’s life here.” Howard said that while advocacy efforts have improved accessibility at the University, she hopes that having the assembly will encourage conversation about the social and cultural aspects of having a disability as well. Howard said the assembly, which is still in the process of establishing an executive board, will present to the USG Senate Nov. 12. One week later, the Senate will vote on whether to give the assembly a trial semester. Pending approval, the Student Assembly for Accessibility will pilot in Spring 2020, and upon the trial’s conclusion, at the end of March, the Senate will vote to make it a permanent assembly.last_img read more

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DStv Compact delivers more value with two new SuperSport channels

first_imgEveryone wants it, you’ve got it! From Tuesday, the 23rd of February 2016, the world’s best football leagues – the Barclays Premier League (EPL) and La Liga – and the Euro 2016 will be available to DStv Compact subscribers in all their HD glory, at no extra cost.“One of MultiChoice’s key priorities is to put our subscribers’ needs at the heart of everything we do and since these have been tough economic times for everyone, we realised that our subscribers could use some good news.“We’re excited that we can now deliver the best football action in the world to our Compact subscribers while ensuring that this development doesn’t negatively impact them financially,” Mr. Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, the General Manager of MultiChoice Ghana said.SuperSport will launch two new sports channels, SuperSport 11 (DStv channel 211) and SuperSport 12 (DStv channel 212), which will be dedicated to showcasing the EPL and La Liga respectively on the DStv Compact bouquet.  This means that all Compact football fans will now be able to enjoy the biggest games of the season including this Saturday’s match (28 February) on SS11 between long-time rivals, Arsenal and Manchester United!More football excitement continues on SS12 in the Spanish league where Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez are leading what’s possibly the world’s most potent attack for Barcelona this football season. Can Barça claim their 24th La Liga crown against Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid this season? Watch as the two football teams test each other’s mettle on the 3rd of April when they meet in the first El Clasico derby of 2016 at Barça’s Camp Nou.In the meantime, Compact subscribers can also feast their eyes on other exciting Spanish matches, including Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid on 27th February, Barcelona vs Sevilla on 28 February while Valencia will take on Atletico Madrid on 06 March. Catch the games, plus highlights, magazine programming, pre-match discussions and panel shows on SS12. As part of MultiChoice Africa’s ongoing efforts to improve our products and offering, DStv Compact subscribers can look forward to even more exciting sport and entertainment this year. The Euro 2016 tournament which will kick off on 10 June until 10 July on the new SuperSport channels will keep our football loving subscribers enthralled while they wait for the next season to start in August 2016.To further our efforts to ensure that our DStv Compact subscribers continue to enjoy this great offering at a price they can afford – the DStv Compact’s monthly subscription rates, stays at the current rate of GHS160. New customers can also buy the much talked about DStv Explora Decoder for GHC499 only discounted from GHC999 to record, pause and rewind live TV and well as access highlights on the Explora Catch Up service and Box Office Movie Rental.Alternatively, buy a fully installed Zapper decoder for GHc299 discounted from GHc399 and get an additional 2 months subscription to the Access Bouquet with an option to upgrade your bouquet especially to the Compact when desired. Existing customers can also get an extra view decoder with either the discounted Ghc499 Explora decoder (from GHC999) or add on an extra Zapper decoder for your Extra view, for just GHc149 discounted from GHC199.–last_img read more

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