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iPads 4 special kids

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THE STORY:

Imagine being trapped in your body, unable or unwilling to move or speak or communicate. Now imagine that you have a fun new toy that could help you say exactly what you've always wanted to say and help you learn new things about the world around you. You could make that happen for a child with special needs.
Please, help me help my students with special needs. I teach a class of 12, five- to eight-year old students with multiple and severe disabilities at a public school in NYC. I recently bought an iPad and several communication/educational apps to use in my classroom with my students. One student in particular has responded very well during 1:1 speech sessions. Prior to this motivator, "D" was reluctant to communicate or even physically move to indicate a need/want. Now with the iPad, "D" is highly motivated to participate in large and small group speech activities. He is smiling and interacting with peers more consistently across a wider variety of contexts.
Ultimately, it is important to understand the powerful impact iPads can have on the lives of my students. This technology can give each one of my students access to new ways of communicating and learning. In a perfect world, the school would be able to purchase this equipment for our students. However, with recent budget cuts, our students do not have access to this revolutionary opportunity. Students like "D" and his family would be extremely appreciative of any donations towards enhancing basic communication skills that you and I may take for granted. Imagine this: an iPad for each of my 12 students along with educational and communication-based applications that will provide them with greater access to the world around them.
Email me if your interested in seeing some Flip video and pictures of my students using the iPad to communicate, read and/or practice academic skills.

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