New Technology Opens Doors for Disabled Students

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New Tech City/WNYC New Technology Helps Disabled Students Attend Local Schools


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

This week on WNYC's New Tech City, Reema Khrais reports from a student-led conference about high-tech 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," Ellenson said, via his iPad.

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