Delta Pi Chapter of Delta Gamma at The University of Southern Mississippi
has donated $3,000 to the Office for Disability Accommodations to
benefit students with significant visual impairments. Equipment
purchased with this donation will be available for checkout in the
2003 spring semester to students with disabilities to enhance their
Gamma's gift provides wonderful opportunities for students with
visual impairments and limited course materials," said Suzy
Hebert, coordinator for the Office for Disability Accommodations.
MP3 players will allow the students to listen to their texts, class
notes, or required reading with the aid of a synthesized voice.
The players function just like a portable CD player. In addition,
seven digital voice recorders with the capability to record more
than five hours of material have been purchased for the students
to check out. Once recorded, the information can be downloaded onto
a computer and saved for future study.
is going to be extremely useful to the visually impaired by simply
allowing them to go to class, record and then download onto their
computers," said Rich Baker, technological director for the
Institute for Disability Studies. "They can then save it in
a directory and be able to go back to that class lecture at any
time and listen to the notes."
was also used to obtain experimental video glasses that can be combined
with a video camera to aid students with extremely low vision. The
technique works by bringing distant 3D images that are blurred up
close to students in a 2D format, where they have better capability
seen these kind of glasses on the commercial market. They're intended
for gaming," Baker said. "But if they work, they could
open up someone's world."
gift provides the opportunity for students with visual impairments
and limited resources to use updated technology that can greatly
improve the efficiency and ease in accessing and studying course
materials. In the past, Delta Gamma has generously volunteered in
disability awareness activities at Southern Miss.
for Disability Accommodations is part of the Institute for Disabilities
Studies, Mississippi's University Center for Excellence in Developmental
Disabilities (UCEDD). Headquartered for more than 25 years at Southern
Miss, the institute provides university training, community service
activities, research, and information that promote the independence,
productivity, and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities
and their families. For more information about IDS, visit the institute's
Web site at www.usm.edu/ids
or call 1-888-671-0051 (TTY).