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Given the fact that Penn State is one of the world’s top research universities, it may seem slightly incongruous that it started in 1855 as an agricultural school. But even then, the nascent Penn State was at the forefront of what would come to define modern higher education. Applying rigorous scientific techniques and research to a backbone industry of our young nation, the college was a charter land-grant institution. As such, Penn State was founded not just for the benefit of students, but for the common good of the United States. That spirit continues to this day. The 2016 Penn
Helping people with impairments navigate our visual world.
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It’s a major literacy crisis in the United States that’s gone largely unnoticed for several years now: In 2011, the American Printing House for the Blind reported that out of the nearly 60,000 legally blind people aged 21 years and younger, a third were non-readers. Of the remaining two-thirds, 27 percent could still see well enough to read visually, and 21 percent were pre-readers. Fewer than 10 percent said braille was their preferred method of reading. There are several reasons why braille has declined as a writing system for the blind, ranging from fewer educational resources to the rise of
Most people who went to college probably felt overwhelmed to some degree when they arrived on campus for the first time and tried to get their bearings as they sought certain streets, buildings and classrooms. Just imagine how much more of a challenge that would be if you couldn’t see. A program held on the Penn State University campus every summer is helping future college students with visual disabilities prepare to take that next big step in their lives. The Summer Academy for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a three-week session that gives about two dozen high school students