Episode #37

Technology Helping Kids with Special Needs

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

For many students with special needs in New York City, this school year marks the fist time they joined others in a regular classroom setting. With this integration comes the need for assistive technologies to help level the playing field.

This week on New Tech City, Reema Khrais reports from a student-led conference about assistive tools they have used successfully in school. She talked to three students with cerebral palsy who use different technologies that allow them to participate more in class.

Eighth-grader Tom Ellenson uses an iPad with an app his dad designed just for him.

"When you can’t use a pencil, math is very difficult. Thanks to math applications on my iPad, I can complete class work and tests, just like my peers," Tom said, via his iPad.

Also this week, New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi talks with education consultant Melissa Morgenlander. Her son has autism and she's now using her doctorate in media, tech and education to explore ways to help him. She's also found not all technologies designed to aid in education are useful.

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Wayne Shulmister and Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman


Reema Khrais

Five Great Apps for Kids with Autism

My son, Quentin, is 5 years old, and he has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, a form of autism. Here are five great apps that have helped him greatly, which I have reviewed on my blog, the iQ Journals.

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Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies

For many special education students in New York City, this school year was the first time they were integrated into general education classrooms. The move is part of city reform efforts in special education that call for more mixed classes of disabled and nondisabled students in public schools.

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John Krans

Please Help Us Share Lauren's Story

My 15-year-old Granddaughter Lauren Walier has Cerebral Palsy. On 10/18/13 she spoke at The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, a global audience of doctors, researchers, clinicians, therapists, etc. in Milwaukee, WI. Please be patient as she is very emotional and nervous getting started.

Please help Lauren by forwarding this to every email address you have. Lauren is a very courageously starting a crusade to help people less fortunate that she is by raising funds and awareness for cerebral palsy research and therapy. In May through August she raised over $7000 for her cause. Please help us make Lauren's foundation, Make Lemon Aide for Cerebral Palsy and Lauren a major fundraiser for CP. Every penny Lauren raises goes to her cause. Listen to her dreams and please support them to come true.

Jan. 21 2014 03:41 PM
kit from NYC

The autism apps look great! I know that my 12-year old daughter will like some of them, but was wondering if anyone has iPad app recommendations for older children on the spectrum? Thanks!

Jun. 04 2013 10:50 AM

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