WCIT MONITOR Issue 63 Nov 2014 - Page 13

CHARITY THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGISTS Recent outcomes of your generous donations... Meadow Wood School Primary special school for children with physical and neurological impairments We have used our existing speech and language therapy expertise to audit need hildren at Meadow Wood School across classes, order appropriate switches So far, using the money donated for the have a variety of physical and and support staff through training in their neurological impairments which ‘Communication Through Technology’ use. This purchase has therefore created project from The Worshipful Company provide real challenges for sustainable impact for current cohorts communication. For some children, their of Information Technologists Charity, we and children coming to Meadow Wood in impairments result in their being unable have been able to purchase message and the future. to speak; for some they have poor use of access switches after an audit of need across classes. These are already in We have recently ordered a PCEye Go operation and have provided access to and associated software. We have iPad, computers and switch-activated wanted to incorporate this technology toys. This gives children power over their into the school for a while and the WCIT environment, further access to ICT and Charity funding has enabled us to do so. much needed access to communication This equipment allows children to access across the curriculum. ICT through Eyegaze. Apart from We track children’s progress and