Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York – Hofstra University’s Services for Students with Disabilities Office (SSD) has received a $20,000 grant to provide iPads to 40 incoming students with language based-learning disabilities.
Sponsored by the Whelan Foundation, the Assistive Technology Program, set to begin in Fall 2013, will provide fully-loaded iPad2s that will assist students with their classwork. The iPad2s will allow students to have book files read aloud to them, record lectures, dictate written work and access time management and organizational tools.
Hofstra was one of the first universities in the United States to have a 100% accessible campus. Today, over 500 students with disabilities are supported through initiatives like the Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS), the SSD office, academic counseling, advocacy support and residence halls accommodations.
“SSD is grateful to the Whalen Foundation for the donation of 40 iPads” commented Julie Yindra, Director for Services for Students with Disabilities. “This will afford our students seamless access to course materials and provide them with a greater opportunity to succeed.”
The students receiving the iPad2s are all enrolled in the PALS program. During their first year of college, PALS students meet weekly with a learning specialist to address their learning challenges and assist them with their transition to college.
The Whelan Foundation, founded by Lawrence and Deborah Whelan, provides funding and support to not-for-profit organizations across Long Island, whose primary focus is on serving our neighbors in need.