Envision Child Development Center Receives Technology Gift

December 14, 2017

Wichita, Kan. – Interactive learning for toddlers who are blind or visually impaired in the Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center (ECDC) has been enhanced with the arrival of a Kaplan Inspire Plus brand 55-inch HD interactive touchscreen mobile display. The $6,000 educational technology tool was funded through a donation from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita Department of Pediatrics.

The donation furthers the ECDC’s goals to create inclusive classrooms and use adaptive teaching methods to introduce students with visual impairements at an early age to STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, art, math). STEAM education plays an equally important role in the cognitive development of children with or without sight.

“We’re very excited about the arrival of the Kaplan display that supports our continuing efforts to create a state-of-the-art learning environment,” said Teresa Houston, ECDC director. “It will be a very useful tool to equip children with vision loss with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed as they move into mainstream school environments.”

The Kaplan Inspire Plus’ audio features, adjustable height and 90-degree conversion into a learning table make it accessible to students who are differently abled. Since it is powered by Windows 10, the display is also equipped to run assistive technology programs, such as text-to-speech software that can take words on a computer screen or other digital devices and convert them into audio.

The display is loaded with educational software developed by teachers that is based around exploration to highlight children’s natural curiosity and creativity. Activities were designed with Head Start objectives and kindergarten Common Core standards in mind. 

For more information on the ECDC or to make a donation, visit www.envisionus.com.

About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

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