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Hofstra Receives Grant to Enhance Education of Students with Disabilities

Hofstra University’s Services for Students with Disabilities Office (SSD) has received a $20,000 grant to provide iPads and other technology to 40 incoming students enrolled in the Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS).

Sponsored by the Whelan Foundation, the Assistive Technology Program will provide fully-equipped iPad2s that will assist students with their classwork.  The iPad2s allow students to read and listen to book files, 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 such as the Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS), the SSD office, academic coaching, advocacy support, and residence halls accommodations.

“SSD is grateful to the Whelan Foundation for the donation which grants seamless access to course materials and provides our students with a greater opportunity to succeed,” said Julie Yindra, director for Services for Students with Disabilities. “Last year’s iPad recipients found them to be extremely useful educational tools both in and out of the classroom and we are very excited to be able to offer the same opportunity to this year’s incoming first-year students.”

The students receiving the iPad2s are all enrolled in the PALS program.  During their first year at Hofstra, PALS students meet weekly with a learning specialist who helps address their learning challenges and ease their 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 serving neighbors in need.

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