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A Voice for Mimi’s Men
Help me give my students an iPad Pro to give them a voice to communicate.
My students are young men on the autism spectrum with significant communication and intellectual disabilities, and often additional diagnoses like Down Syndrome. They are a spirited bunch, each with a unique perspective on the world. One young man who was recently adopted from Bulgaria loves active learning, such as walking through the hallway as we learn to identify and recognize the names of things in English.
None of these young men have verbal speech, and rely on sign language and picture symbols to communicate.
My students currently use sign language or a binder with picture cards to communicate. Access to an iPad Pro with a Communication app will provide them an unlimited vocabulary to work with. We will start with core words, the most used words in the English language. With just these core words the students can create meaningful sentences like “I want to go play” or “I don’t like to wait.”
Having the words to express their thoughts and feelings will help the students be more successful not just in school, but in life.
Currently, these students are in a special school because their behavior cannot be managed in a traditional school setting. With functional communication skills, they will no longer need to act out their frustrations.
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