Belief – вера
Depression – угнетённое состояние, уныние
Neuron – нейрон, нервная клетка, нейроцит
Chalkboard – доска, на которой пишут мелом; классная доска
Solution – решение, разрешение
Tablet PC – планшетный ПК, карманный ПК
Inspiration – вдохновение, воодушевление
Attitude – позиция, отношение
Challenge – испытание, вызов
Decision – решение
Visual impairment – нарушение зрения
To die off – отмирать
To blur out – стереть, изгладить
To fill up – заполнять, замещать
To achieve a goal – достичь цели
To overcome barrier – преодолеть барьер
Nothing to complain about – не на что жаловаться
To warm up – нагревать, согревать
To miss out – упускать (шанс, возможность)
Accessible – доступный, достижимый
Growing up I played Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Golf you name it, I've done it. School was easy. I would sit in the back of the class with friends try to get a "B", you know, I didn't really care. I just wanted to get my degree, move on, get in the golf industry and work there for as long as I could. They say you know what you had until it's gone. I had 20/20 vision my whole life and I thought that's what it would be like.. throughout. I never thought I could go legally blind at 19. And then, things change. When I was first diagnosed with LHON , I was devastated, I was depressed, I asked "why me?" every single day for a month and a half. In a matter of two months my vision went from 20/20 to where it is now. There's millions of neurons in and around your optic nerve and for me, they're dying off. If you compare your visual field to a donut I have the donut part, I have this whole peripheral vision but I have nothing in the center when I look at people, their face and all this area is completely blurred out for me. The classroom I've realized is my least favorite place to be there's a lot of people, there's stuff being written on the board, and the teacher goes, "Alright class, what does this mean?" or "If you focus on that then.." All these "this", "that", "those", "if you see that" That's when I go, "Well I can't see it!"
My name is David Hayden, I'm 24 years old and I was born with a visual impairment known as bilateral optic nerve hypoplasia. The physical world is less accessible for me with my limited vision, but on a computer screen I can get as close as I need to and it was an even playing field for me. In 2007 we were filling up a dozen chalkboards in 30-45 minutes and I simply couldn't keep up with note-taking. In a very real sense I felt that if I didn't come up with a solution then I wasn't going to be able to finish my math degree and that just wasn't acceptable to me. So I decided that if we can put a camera connected to a tablet PC and put some motors underneath it then we should be able to provide a student with views of the board and their notes. We started the "Note-Taker" in 2007 and we didn't find out about the Imagine Cup until 2009.
[News Anchor]: "It is like the Superbowl of technology"
[David]: the goal of the Imagine Cup is solving the world's toughest challenges .
[Mark Hindsbo, Microsoft]: First prize goes to Team Note-Taker from Arizona State!
[David]: What started as a desperate attempt to try to allow myself to finish a math degree to generalize into a product that could help low vision individuals in the United States and even in the world beyond that.
[David]: I believe that technological solutions , more than policy solutions, are the way to overcome barriers of access and to empower individuals with disabilities, you know, we've really accomplished something here and I like to say.. that I'm just getting warmed up.
[Jeremy w. the "Note-Taker"]: when she was talking about people that I didn't know or when she was writing things on the board and saying "look at this". I was able to zoom in and see what she was talking about and not have to raise my hand and say, "Hey what is that?", "how do you spell that?" etc. I think I am missing out on things, but I think everyone is missing out on something. I mean that's why you make decisions in life. I've done way more now than I did when I had my vision. I have nothing to complain about. I know I'm legally blind, but I have nothing to complain about.
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Be motivated: Frogs
Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running competition.
The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.
A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.
The race began.
No one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.
You heard statements such as:
"Oh, way too difficult!"
"They will never make it to the top."
"Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one.
Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher.
The crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult! No one will make it!"
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.
But one continued higher and higher and higher.
This one wouldn't give up!
At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!
Then all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?
A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?
It turned out that the winner was deaf!
The wisdom of this story is:
Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic.
Always think of the power words have.
Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!
Therefore always be positive!
And above all:
Be deaf when people tell you that you cannot fulfill your dreams!
I can do this!
List of questions for discussion
1. Who is the most ambitious person you know?
2. What were your ambitions when you were a child?
3. Can ambitions be dangerous?
4. What ambitions do you have that you think you’ll realize and what ambitions do you have that you won’t realize?
5. Do you think animals have ambitions?
6. Thomas Carlyle said: “I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.” What do you think he means by this? Do you agree?
7. Thomas Jefferson said: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Do you agree?
8. What ambition have you held the longest?
9. What happens after you have fulfilled all of you ambitions?
10. Do you think really old people have ambitions?
11. Do you like ambitious people?
12. Do you have any really crazy and wild ambitions?
13. What do you think it feels like to fulfill a lifelong ambition?
14. Thomas Merton said: "When ambition ends, happiness begins." What do you think he means by this? Do you agree?
15. Marcus Aurelius said: "A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions." Do you agree?
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