2021 Google Lime Scholarship

The 2021 Google Lime Scholarship is open to current students with disabilities who are pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely-related degrees. Recipients will receive a monetary award ($10,000 USD for those studying in the US and $5,000 USD for those studying in Canada) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Scholars will also be invited to attend a virtual “Google Lime Scholars” gathering in Summer 2021 and be considered for internship opportunities with Google.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020, at midnight PST / 3am EST.

  • A current undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. student enrolled at a university in the U.S. or Canada (freshmen/first years and international students studying in the U.S. or Canada are eligible to apply)
  • Continuing current studies or intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a new program at a university in the U.S. or Canada in the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field
  • A student with a visible or invisible disability*

Learn More and Apply: https://www.limeconnect.com/googlelimescholarship

NEADS Accessibility Resilience Program – Emergency Support for Students with Disabilities in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has placed an undue burden on post-secondary students with disabilities (undergraduate university, graduate university, college, cégep, and high school students entering a post-secondary institution) who were already facing immense socio-cultural and operational accessibility challenges before the pandemic. Particular challenges include rising tuition fees and a lack of transitional support for online learning such as assistive technologies, devices, and software. To do our part to help address these challenges, the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) has put in place the Accessibility Resilience Program, with generous support from the Government of Canada’s Supports for Student Learning Program through a contribution agreement, to deliver $157,000 in disabled student emergency financial assistance.

 

There are two key components to this funding program:

Emergency Relief Awards: a minimum of $30,000 to increase the number of awards offered to disabled college and university students through the 2020 NEADS Student Awards Program. All applicants who applied to the 2020 program will be eligible and no further action is required.
Emergency Relief Grants: A maximum of $127,000 to college and university students with disabilities to facilitate recovery and account for any unforeseen costs related to rising tuition fees and the transition to online/remote learning. Application details below.

Emergency Relief Grants

The Emergency Relief Grants will be given to 87 deserving post-secondary students with disabilities to help them recover and account for any unforeseen costs related to the transition to online/remote learning resulting from COVID-19. Grant types include:

77 grants with a maximum claim of $1000.
10 grants with a maximum claim of $5000.

Eligible costs would include, but are not limited to: tuition fees, devices, cables, assistive technology software, internet bills, ergonomic desk equipment, or any other costs related to accessing education online as a result of COVID-19.

For all eligible costs, excluding tuition fees, recipients are responsible for invoicing NEADS with their receipt of purchase and would be reimbursed for costs incurred. Tuition fees would not be reimbursed but instead be applied directly to your student account.

DISCLAIMER: Applicants must wait to receive confirmation from NEADS that they are an Emergency Relief Grant recipient, including the specified value of the grant so that they can purchase their item(s) for reimbursement. If an applicant purchases an item without receiving confirmation that they have been selected as a recipient, NEADS is not liable to cover these costs.

 

Eligibility

Applicant must be a Canadian citizen
Applicant must have a permanent disability
Currently enrolled in or accepted into a post-secondary institution
Applicants must demonstrate COVID-19 impacts on their education
Applicant must demonstrate they have not had their needs met by other funding available from federal or provincial sources

Selection Process

Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to the above guidelines. Assuming all guidelines are met, selection committees will review applications based on the selection criteria described above. Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to receive an award will be contacted. Recipients will be contacted by mid-January 2021.

For any inquiries pertaining to the application process please contact Lauren Gravis, Director of NEADS Student Awards at: etes@neads.ca or our National Office.

Deadline: December 1, 2020.

Apply now here: https://www.neads.ca/asas/arp-en/

International Persons with Disabilities Day: Thursday, December 3rd

In observance of International Persons with Disability Day, Lime Connect has several virtual offerings that are designed to raise awareness about the experiences of people with disabilities, opportunities to create more accessible workplaces and the learnings around disability that have come from working in a virtual environment.

Building back better: Opportunities for creating a more accessible workplace 
11:00am ET/8:00am PT
Lime Connect partners will share lessons learned during the transition to working virtually; and the impact of key practices and accommodations that were implemented as a result.

The unique disability perspective: Accessibility @ work
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT
Lime Connect Network members will share the unique strengths, skills, and perspectives that people with disabilities bring to the workplace and the world; and the tangible benefits to their companies.

Accessibility and inclusion through Google technology 
2:00pm ET/11am PT
Kyndra LoCoco, Accessibility Partner & Community Programs Manager at Google, will highlight the accessibility features in Google products; and how we can create more accessible experiences for all users.

Accessibility and inclusion through Microsoft technology 
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
Ricardo Wagner, Microsoft Canada Accessibility Lead, will explore the impact that accessible technology can have for people with (and without) disabilities; and specific features of all Microsoft products.

Click here to learn more and to register

Staying focused while studying and learning online

Student Accessibility Services has complied a list of resources from other post-secondary institutions to help stay focused while studying and learning online.

University sites dealing specifically with staying focused while studying and learning online

https://sass.queensu.ca/focus-and-concentration/

Queens University Student Academic Success Services advice on focus and concentration. PDF available

https://www.baylor.edu/support_programs/index.php?id=42436

Baylor University, Keeping focused, tips for dealing with distractions while studying

https://www.seguetocollege.com/home/college-freshman-focus-in-class

6 tips for staying focused while in class. Segue College. Aimed at first year students but tips are relatable to all student.

General Websites with good information, tips and techniques for staying focused while studying and taking online classes and exams.

https://freedom.to/blog/how-to-stay-focused-studying/

An app that students may find useful. Blocks distracting phone sites that are geared to distracting individuals

https://priestleys.co.uk/news/tips-staying-focused-first-year-uni/

Tips for staying focused during the first year of university

https://collegeinfogeek.com/how-to-focus/

This article offers 6 tips on working with intense focus

https://collegeinfogeek.com/online-class-tips/

This article offers 11 techniques to be successful in the online learning landscape for college classes, but these lessons can be applied to any kind of distance learning.

https://www.goabroad.com/articles/study-abroad/how-to-stay-focused-on-online-classes

Article on studying online during the pandemic. Article offers 7 tips for staying focused while studying online at home

https://www.daniel-wong.com/2020/05/02/how-to-focus-when-studying/

20 tips and techniques to help you concentrate while studying