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By BRITTANY ERWIN
Thanks to the $1,200 donation from the Niagara College Retirees’ Association (NCRA), students will now have a new way of seeing things.
On Aug. 13, the NCRA provided $1,200 to the Centre for Students with Disabilities here to buy specialized learning equipment.
“We are thrilled to receive this important gift to enhance student learning,” says Sean Kennedy, vice-president of student and external relations.
The donation will allow the college to purchase special equipment that includes a Zoom TextImage Reader, which is a software and camera solution that makes printed text accessible to people who are visually impaired. It also bought 10 pairs of active noise-cancelling headphones. These headphones reduce unwanted ambient sounds and cancel low frequency portions of the noise.
The Zoom TextImage Reader is software that takes pictures of text, converts the picture into a text file and then reads aloud the text to the user. This file is stored so the user has it for future use.
“The Niagara College Retirees’ Association is a generous donor and also supports several student bursaries,” says Kennedy. The NCRA was established in 1991 to promote opportunities for retired Niagara College staff. They did this to maintain and create relationships, and to stay connected to the college and its activities. They provide ongoing support to the college and its programs, as well as providing support for students by way of bursaries and donations to the student food bank.
Sheryl Johns, manager of Student Services, says, “This generous donation from NCRA will allow individual students with disabilities who require specialized learning equipment to fully participate in the learning environment and successfully complete their assignments and course work. NCRA members are truly partners in student success.”
Since 1993, the NCRA has donated more than $13,000. Most of it has been dedicated to student bursaries.
Kennedy says, “We are proud to partner with our retirees and for their continued active engagement with the Niagara College community.”