Institute Partners on Program to Bring iPads to Children with Disabilities

August 2013
edited August 2017

The Institute on Disabilities and Variety—The Children's Charity of Greater Philadelphia—are partners in an exciting new program designed to bring iPads to eligible families, funded by a grant from the Comcast Foundation.

"Direct Care for Kids," the Variety program described as "providing special needs children with durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and therapeutic bicycles at no cost," was awarded the grant.

The Institute will provide training sessions for tablet recipients, specifically children with disabilities in low-income communities. The training will include instruction on using the tablets as well as providing projects that the children can work on during the training.

The goal for both Variety and the Institute is that by using these new devices, children may show improvement with speech, sociability, and sensory and cognitive awareness.

Amy Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute said, "Mary Pat Radabaugh, Director of IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities said, 'For Americans without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For Americans with disabilities, technology makes things possible.' We are excited to work with Variety to help open doors for children with disabilities. Kids have so much potential! If we give people technology needed when they are children, we hope that will lead to higher school achievement, employment and independence."

The deadline to apply for the program is August 21, 2013. To schedule a demonstration of the iPad and associated "apps," send an email to Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, a program of the Institute on Disabilities: or call 800-204-7428 (voice); 215-204-1805 (TTY).

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