Screen time breaks barriers

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Opening up: Troy Keane, Taj Watson and Wyatt Grant are getting to know their way around the new iPads. Picture: Yanni

A DONATION of three iPads to nonverbal students at Mornington Special Development School is allowing them to communicate with their families, teachers, carers and friends – some for the first time.

The students are learning how to use the devices through an app.

“Students benefit from instant feedback and communication programs on their new iPads and they have fun while doing it,” Principal David Newport said.

“The school struggles financially to provide up-to-date technology. This is a great start. These kids will have a better opportunity to improve their communication skills.”

The iPads are part of an $80,000 donation of 180 devices for non-verbal specialist school children by Bank First and Gandel Philanthropy through the not-for-profit State Schools Relief. 

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 2 April 2019

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