The new committee of Swindon & North Wiltshire Deaf Children’s Society have made their first donation after raising over £1,100 to buy iPads for specialist support teachers.
Society chairwoman Liz Roche said the committee wanted to make an impact on children with additional needs.
“The devices are being used in a variety of ways by teachers of the deaf in schools and on home visits. They can be used for assessments and sharing moments with parents via emailed pictures and information. The camera and audio capability means progress can be recorded and shared with the children.
“Parents used to have written guidance for homework with their children which was a turn off. Using the iPad really engages their attention.”
Pictured by Richard Wintle of Calyxpix.com top, Swindon & North Wiltshire Deaf Children’s Society member Kaylie Williams, centre, with society chair Liz Roche, holding Kaylie’s ipad cake, right, and group secretary Millie Green
Right, specialist teachers Roger Thurlbeck and Ian Sharp with Deaf Children’s Society members at the Vibrations group which meets at Salt Way Centre.
Senior advisory teacher Roger Thurlbeck said: “The iPads are making a tremendous difference to children’s progress. Touching the screen is so intuitive and the wide range of apps is much cheaper than traditional software.
For older children we can use them to teach signing and using social media apps they can exchange signing messages with other children; the iPads really open up horizons.”
Parents of deaf children can find out about the society by calling 07425 604021 or via swindonandnorthwiltsdcs.org