Accessibility challenge at Brock is on

The Council of Ontario Universities is challenging Ontario undergraduate students to come up with ideas to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.To make this happen, they have launched the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition in partnership with the Government of Ontario.The aim of the contest is for students to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to “barriers” to accessibility in our communities.Students will vie for $3,000 in prizes with entries that address one or more of the five “barrier” categories: attitudinal, physical/structural, information/communications, technological and systemic.“Brock University continues to move forward in accessibility in order to identify, prevent and remove barriers to the inclusion of persons with disabilities,” says Greg Finn, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic. “It is important that we encourage the participation of our students in this province-wide competition to remove barriers of all types.”Prizes will be awarded for first place ($1,500), second place ($1,000) and third place ($500). Finalists will be invited to showcase their designs at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference in May.Submissions will be initially evaluated by the entrant’s home institution, and then successful candidates will move on to a second round of judging conducted by a panel of experts. Judges will also place a premium on entries whose format itself demonstrates consideration to accessibility issues.Questions and submissions from Brock students about the contest, should be sent by March 31 to Greg Finn, Vice- Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic (x4528; gfinn@brocku.ca) and Margaret Sanderson, University Accessibility (AODA) Coordinator (x5454; msanderson@brocku.ca) read more

Last remaining body found in wreckage of Didcot Power Station

first_imgThe last remaining body has been found by investigators at the Didcot Power Station wreckage, more than six months after part of the building collapsed.Thames Valley Police said they believe the body to be that of John Shaw, 61, who has been missing at the site since the disaster in February. His family has been informed.He is the last of the four men to be found following the collapse of the boiler house.Ken Cresswell, 57, from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, was discovered in the wreckage on Wednesday.Michael Collings was found soon after the collapse of the building, while Christopher Huxtable was located on August 31. A police spokesman said: “The contractors have paused the removal of debris so that specialists from Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service urban search and rescue and the South Central Ambulance Service hazardous area response team (Hart), can enter the site.”The safe recovery of the body will take place and the disaster victim identification process will commence.”The person has not yet been formally identified and this will be a matter for the coroner, although it is believed to be John Shaw. In July, site owner RWE Npower carried out a controlled explosive demolition at the decommissioned site in an effort to locate Mr Shaw, from Rotherham, and his colleagues.The firm said experts were working seven days a week, 12 hours a day, in an effort to recover the bodies.  “Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of all four men and we would ask that their privacy is respected during this incredibly difficult time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more