Charity Guide Dogs will give free iPads and iPhones to 3,500 visually impaired children as lack tech...

Charity Guide Dogs will give free iPads and iPhones to 3,500 visually impaired children as lack tech...

Charity Guide Dogs will give free iPads and iPhones to 3,500 visually impaired children as lack tech damages development GUIDE Dogs has committed to supplying more than 3,500 visually impaired children with free iPads and iPhones after research revealed the damage caused to their personal development by a lack of access to technology. An in-depth study saw the charity interview 170 parents and guardians of children aged under 12 who had a vision impairment. More than a quarter (28 per cent) said their child has been bullied - with eight per cent saying their child is doing badly at school. And 80 per cent felt their child’s vision impairment made it a difficult or even impossible to form friendships. Overall, 28 per cent of children were described as not happy, while 40 per cent had little or no confidence. One of the key take outs from the interviews were tools like iPads and smartphones could vastly improve children’s happiness, by providing a sense of normality, confidence, and independence. The technology can also foster sensory and stimulating learning styles which, for …
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