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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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Change a Student's Life
You Can Give a Special Student a Skill
Computers Given to Du'an County Special Education School
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Special Education School Gets 18 Computers
Computer Dedication Ceremony
Special Education Teachers at the Du'an Computer Dedication
Our China team gave away computers at the Du'an Special Education School this July. When we visited the school last year, we suggested the students needed three computers in each of their 14 classrooms. We felt the school needed computer learning programs, and their special students needed to learn skills that could support them in a job someday.
Students unable to walk can use computers.
We were able to give 18 computers to the school and 2 more to Bai Wang Middle School during this visit. Now we just lack 24 more computers to meet our goal of 42.
The school serves about 248 students in grades one through nine. There is presently no high school degree offered to students in special education schools in China. Some are blind, deaf, or unable to walk. I saw one autistic child and one dwarf.
These special students need an occupational skill to be able to support themselves someday. Computers can be their gateway to knowledge and the world. Two blind
programmers in Australia have created a free screen reader
Computers are faster than braille for blind students.
application for the blind. Deaf students already have no trouble using computers. They just need more of them.
Computers were also given to Bai Wang Middle School. Matthew Liu (on the left) found a online sale, making it possible to get many computers at once.
We have a volunteer in Shenzhen willing to bring computer specialists from her company to train students and teachers on the computers in the fall when school starts. The teachers also wanted office computers, but we plan to help the students first.
I am asking you to help raise money to complete their computer project. What if your child was handicapped and needed job training or special learning software?
Classroom for the Blind
You can give $500 for one computer or give any amount to share in this project.
I am a mother and housewife that loves China and children. The two interests
have come together in serving the children of China who need help with
educational needs. I started as a teacher in an English summer camp and got to
know the teachers first. When I toured their schools and met their precious
students, I could see many needs and decided to try to help. I first started a
fund to assist children with tuition, but it has expanded into a 501(c)(3)public
charity granting money for textbooks and school supplies for primary school and
lower middle school students and tuition for older students.