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Margaret Sanderson knows there’s someone at Brock who has an award-winning idea about improving accessibility.
It happened last year when Brock nursing student Hilary Tyler was a top finisher in the provincial IDeA (Innovative Designs for Accessibility) student competition for her initiative to promote empathy to break down attitudinal barriers for people with mental illness.
But after a lack of Brock entries in this year’s edition of the contest that encourages students to identify and develop a plan to address accessibility-related issues and create an innovative solution for them, Sanderson is keen for the University to earn its rightful place on the podium again.
“Some of the other engineering schools seem to be loading up on this baby but you don’t have to be an engineer to do this,” said Sanderson, Brock’s accessibility co-ordinator.
Instead, she’s certain a student in Applied Health Sciences could nail the competition, which features $3,000 in cash prizes plus a bonus $1,500-prize this year for the top para-sport and active living submission.
Or maybe there’s another nursing student with an idea for IDeA. Education, science, humanities and social sciences students? Sanderson has faith in them all to come up with ways to break down attitudinal, technological, or physical barriers affecting people with disabilities.