Taranaki children with low vision have been given a much-needed technical resource thanks to a generous donation from Powerco.
The company has donated three tablet devices to BLENNZ Taranaki, part of the Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ). The nation-wide school provides educational services to children from birth to 21 who are blind, deaf-blind or have low vision.
BLENNZ Taranaki has 67 learners on its roll. While the organisation can apply for Ministry of Education funding to buy tablets for school-aged learners, those aged under five do not qualify.
BLENNZ Taranaki Visual Resource Centre Manager Sarah Tullett said the small, portable devices are ideal for students with low vision. Writing and images could be enlarged for better viewing, and there were many interactive applications that helped with learning.
“This is the most exciting thing that’s happened to us in terms of donations,” she said. “We’re absolutely thrilled because the tablets will make such a difference to our learners with visual impairments.”
BLENNZ student Chayse Whitmore (9) was impressed with all he could do with the new learning tool, especially taking photos and the interactive apps. “This is an amazing tablet – it’s wonderful,” he said.
Powerco Corporate Affairs Manager Neil Holdom said BLENNZ did a fantastic job for visually impaired children in Taranaki.
“Powerco supports organistions that contribute to the community and we’re happy to be able to help in this way,” Mr Holdom said.