During the 2010-2011 school year, I worked directly with students with disabilities, their families, teachers and other professionals in the use of the iPad as an amazing tool that literally changed lives. I focused upon the power of the iPad to increase students’ growth and development, self-determination, self-reliance and independence. It was an amazing year.
Beginning in May of 2010, I accepted a coordinator position for a model demonstration program, Project FOCUS, that supports students with intellectual disabilities in accessing university courses and campus life at the University of Arizona. We currently have a 1:1 iPad program with our first year students and we have seen fantastic growth. Quite simply, student’s are using them to communicate, self-regulate, access academic work, improve social interactions, and increase independence. This short video is a tribute to their success in their first semester.