BANDON native Stephen Hackett who teaches special needs children in Virginia, USA has launched an online fundraising campaign to help provide his class with a badly needed interactive whiteboard.
Stephen moved to the States in 2012 where his wife is from and teaches students with severe disabilities at Potomac Middle School, Dumfries, Virginia near Washington DC.
“All funds go directly to funding an interactive whiteboard for students I teach with severe disabilities,” said Stephen.
He added, “My students learn best with both visual and audio presentation they can interact with, as opposed to text alone. They require technology that they can reach on both a physical and intellectual level.
“Students need interaction to learn, especially students with disabilities for fine motor and coordination development. Currently I have the use of a Smart Table. The Smart Table is not accessible for most students with severe disabilities.
“It is next to impossible for students who are wheelchair users to touch/manipulate the table from where they are sitting or standing in a stander. It is also incredibly challenging to teach a group lesson when wheelchairs and standers take up so much space,” he added.
The interactive whiteboard would not only assist in academic learning but also with motor planning and coordination development for students with severe disabilities.
“Often, a source of frustration for these kids is that they do not have the appropriate materials to express themselves and what they have learned. Means of communication should be one of the most accessible needs of the individual.
“It is essential that my students get these opportunities for their learning. It is also a wonderful tool for me, their teacher. It provides access to materials that are already adapted to suit students’ needs.”
If you can help Stephen reach his target visit the funding page at: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/access-for-everyone/2809565/