Volume 12, Number 8 December 3, 2004

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Disability Services gets donated laptops

From left, SESD Associate Vice-President David Hannah, Campus Computer Store Manager Mark Jagoe, Commerce student Nicole Piche, and Disability Services Manager Maxine Kinakin show off three of DSS's new laptops.

Photo by Lawrence McMahen

The University’s Disability Services for Students (DSS) office received a gift of eight laptop computers Nov. 23, greatly increasing its capacity to offer exam accommodation help to disabled students.

At a news conference it was announced that the Campus Computer Store, as part of the University’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Division, has donated five IBM Thinkpads. The Student and Enrolment Services Division has provided another two Thinkpads. And third-year Commerce student Nicole Piche, herself a user of the services of the Disability Services office, donated her own used laptop.

SESD Associate Vice-President David Hannah told the news conference the number of students with disabilities rose to 1,200 by 2003-04, up from just 600 four years earlier. And Hannah said nearly 2,000 exam accommodations were written through DSS last year, up from 500 just five years earlier. The accommodations include typing by the student and typing by a scribe.

DSS Manager Maxine Kinakin says she hopes to get software to make the laptops voice-activated.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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