Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Newtown resident Karen Velocci opens Specialized iPad Services in Hatboro. The learning lab incorporates iPad applications into students' individualized educational plans.
When she realized that her son Stefan's developmental disability prevented him from speaking, Newtown resident Karen Velocci set out to give him a voice. That was 10 years ago. Today, Stefan, now a 16-year-old Council Rock student, uses applications on his iPad to communicate, or to make requests for a glass of iced tea, Velocci said. The lure of games, music and Youtube videos—with the proper parental controls and supervision—has also encouraged an otherwise unsociable Stefan to roller skate, ice skate and to feel "comfortable in social situations." "It's a great way to give him a voice," said Velocci. "This gives him the confidence. It helps build his social skills." Velocci, who has a technology background, as well as an early …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
A countdown of the top stories on Northampton Patch this week.
5. Scaled-Back Courthouse Wins Approval Bucks County Commissioners estimated the county would save $300,000 in construction costs by reconfiguring the new justice center's fifth floor. 4. 63 Accidents, 13 Injuries in January, Police Report Of the 63 crashes reported last month, one was related to a DUI and 12 were weather-related, Northampton Township Police Chief Barry Pilla said. 3. $7.5K Donation for iPads to be Accepted by School Board Thursday Council Rock High School South is slated to receive a donation of more than $7,000 to purchase 20 iPads for students with disabilities. 2. Winter Storm Warning in Effect Through Saturday Morning A winter storm is estimated to drop between four and eight inches of snow on the Bucks County region…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The agenda also includes an amendment to the board policy on student discipline.
Council Rock High School South is slated to receive a donation of more than $7,000 to purchase 20 iPads for students with disabilities. The school board will formally accept the donation during Thursday's meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chancellor Center. According to the meeting agenda, John Donohoe has offered to donate $7,580 to purchase 20 iPads for Council Rock High School South students with disabilities. The administration recommends the approval of the donation. This is the second donation the district has received recently for iPads. In January, the board accepted an anonymous donation of $5,038 to purchase iPads for Autistic Support Classes. Thursday's agenda also includes the following items: Click here to view the …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The donation will be used to purchase iPads for the Autistic Support Classes, according to information from the district.
An anonymous donor has given the Council Rock School District more than $5,000 to purchase iPads for Autistic Support Classes. The donation, in the amount of $5,038, will be accepted at Thursday's school board meeting, according to the agenda. Click here to view the full agenda. The iPad is an increasingly popular tool for autistic students. There are numerous apps specifically designed for autistic children, representatives from the Autism Cares Foundation in Richboro told Patch last fall. The Autism Cares Foundation holds special iPad training classes for parents and students seeking to maximize application of the tool. Patch caught up with the instructors and students during a class last November. Click here to read our report.