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Girl wins award for blind smart stick

Young inventor Mihika has won an award for designing a new cane for blind and visually impaired people.

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Mihika from Lewisham, first began developing her next-generation smart stick when she was just six years old after witnessing a blind woman stumble while crossing the road.

The aid has right and left vibrating alerts, a water sensor to detect puddles, LED lights and a camera with Artificial Intelligence, to recognise and track obstacles that a normal stick cannot.

The talented youngster won the 2019 BT Young Pioneer Award after entering her idea which was developed with help from

She said: "I can’t wait to work with BT to develop the Smart Stick further so that we reach more people who really need it.”

Charity AbilityNet said the invention which offers directional feedback via Bluetooth audio "was a potential lifesaving feature for those who are deafblind".

Autistic children's school being built in Hampshire

A school is being built for autistic children on the site of the former Chineham Park Primary School in Basingstoke.

Hampshire County Council is going to invest more than £10m pounds of government funding to build the school.

The new facility, due to open in spring 2021, will have places for 125 pupils with special educational needs and aged between 5 and 16.

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The school will have 125 places