Trial iPads Provide Accessibility to Assistive Technology

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Thanks to a generous grant from the Triad Foundation, TST BOCES can now offer component districts a helpful new technology resource.

The $5,000 grant provided five trial iPads, which are each equipped with three robust and well-regarded communication apps designed to help give non-verbal students a voice. The iPads can be used to help determine which application will provide the best benefit to the student before committing to one option.

“What this trial iPad does is give the speech therapist, or the classroom teacher, a chance to try several different options and pick the one that is working for the child, instead of trying to guess which one might,” said Trish Peterson, a speech therapy consultant at TST BOCES.

The three apps currently being offered are Proloquo2go, CoughDrop and LAMP (Language Acquisition Motor Planning). Each of these programs are trusted communication options, but have different features that could prove beneficial to particular situations or individual student needs. The iPads are available to districts for six week trial periods upon request.

For more information about these apps, or how to take advantage of this opportunity, contact Trish Peterson at tpeterson@tstboces.org.