Breaking barriers


Hazel Marzetti 

‘The Student Experience’ is a hot topic in 2013.  But what is it?  Is there a single student experience?  And if not, are there any threads which can in any way unify the many diverse experiences?

Working on the Accessible and Inclusive Learning Project at the University of Edinburgh has enabled me to talk to a range of students in different disciplines.  Talking to them about their learner journeys, their experiences and the positive and negative influences along the way, has made me realise that whilst I think that the student experience might look like this…


… actually, every student’s experience will draw on a varied range of components which will change and flex across their learner journey.  One constant component will be the experience of learning and teaching, although these experiences differ depending on the student, the other components of their lives and the courses which they are studying.  It’s all very…

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BetterBack Multi-Purpose Seat with Lumbar Support


  • Supportive, ergonomic style orthopedic seat
  • Relieves stress and pressure on the lower back
  • Includes LumbiPad for added lumbar support
  • Measures 19” Wide x 18” Long

No more back pain or strain! The BetterBack Multipurpose Seat with LumbiPad from Jobri allows you to sit more comfortably for longer periods of time at home, in the office or for travel!

A wonderful orthopedic seat designed in a supportive, ergonomic style to relieve stress and pressure on the lower back, it conforms to the structure of your back. It’s adjustable from an upright to a flat position, aiding the proper distribution of body weight along the lower back and buttocks. Included LumbiPad provides additional support to the lumbar region.

CaptionCall – Large Display LCD Captioning Phone


  • Shows captions of caller’s speech on a 7-in. LCD
  • Free in-home set up & no monthly service charges
  • Handset volume to 40dB/Ringer to 95dB
  • Compatible with many T-coil equipped hearing aids
  • Requires phone/internet connections & power supply

Do you or someone you know have trouble hearing on the telephone?
Hearing loss shouldn’t mean losing touch! CaptionCall is a 40dB amplified telephone for people with hearing loss that also displays captions of what callers say on a large, easy-to-read 7-inch LCD touchscreen.

Wheelchair racer competes gruelling obstacle course

Sykose Extreme Sports News

Paralympic wheelchair racerAnne Wafula Strike has become one of the first people in Europe to attempt the ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge in a wheelchair. The event sees competitors tackle an obstacle course designed by the Special Forces.

Anne Wafula Strike taking part in the ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge Credit: ITV News

Competitors are faced with a series of challenges including such feats as crossing through burning firewood, ice baths, and passing beneath high voltage electric wires.

The course is designed by the Special Forces Credit: ITV News

Anne, who lives in Harlow, completed the challenge to raise money for her own charity, the Olympia Wafula Foundation, and also AbleChildAfrica, which promotes equal rights for disabled children and their families in Africa.

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Deaf Man Cycling For Cause Injured In Fla. Crash

CBS Tampa

MIAMI (AP) — A deaf man’s 175-day bicycle journey to raise awareness about cochlear implants almost ended after a hit-and-run crash on his way to Miami.

Jacob Landis won’t be able to bike Tuesday into Marlins Park Stadium, where his charity bike ride was scheduled to end. But the 24-year-old will still attend the finale party.

Landis was on schedule to complete the 11,000 mile journey to bike to every Major League Ballpark. Jacob was 10 when he received a cochlear implant that allowed him to hear. His goal was to raise $1 million to help others who can’t afford the implant.

His journey started in his hometown of Annapolis, Md. On Saturday, Landis suffered a severe concussion and other injuries in the crash.

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Blind Judoka Jordan Mouton Faces Big Decision on Road-to-Gold and Member of US Paralympic Judo Team

Redmond, WA (PRWEB) September 11, 2012
Jordan Mouton, a 23 year old female Judo athlete (Judoka) from Houston, TX and a member of the Blind Judo Foundation and Cahills Judo Academy, has been an ardent sports enthusiast and Judo player from the early age of 15. She was discovered at the…

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