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iPads donated to special needs students

10:58 AM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Special needs students in Scarborough are breaking down barriers to communication and learning thanks to a donation of iPads. 24 iPads are being put to good use by students, teachers and therapists at the Morrison Center.

The Center specializes in the support and development of students, pre-school through 12th grade and adults, with and without developmental disabilities. The iPads pre-loaded with instructional and communication software were donated by the Robbie Foundation.

The foundation raises money for services, treatments and services for children and youth with developmental disabilities in Maine, that are not covered by insurance. Officials say the technology offers such a range of learning opportunities, including providing non-verbal students with a way to communicate with teachers and students for the very first time.

'It will let kids access the curriculum in a really fun and exciting ways and contribute to the learning in the classroom in ways they hadn't been able to before,' said Mark Ryder the Center's Executive Director.

'When you think of the iPad and how it changed the world you often think of entertainment, games and social networking. But for a child with a developmental disability, it has had a huge impact, said Lynn Gierie the founder of the Robbie Foundation.

Some of the money is being used to train teachers on how to effectively use the iPads in the classroom and iPad equipment. The foundation hopes to donate more iPads to other special needs programs in Maine in the future.

If you would like more information on the Robbie Foundation, you can go to www.robbiefoundation.com. For more information about the Morrison Center, www.morrison-maine.org

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