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iPad drive to help Echuca clients

Community Living and Respite Services is running an iPad drive to help its clients.

KATHLEEN TONINI February 4, 2013 4:13am

Community Living and Respite Services client Jacob Stone and Alexander House manager Cris Todd test out an iPad. The service is running an iPad drive to help its clients.

Echuca’s Community Living and Respite Services looking for second-hand iPads for its respite clients.

Alexander House manager Cris Todd said six iPads were sought for the six-bed facility-based respite house.

Mr Todd said he had the idea for a while because studies had shown iPads could help people with disabilities.

‘‘If you use paper cards and colouring books and memory games, it doesn’t keep their attention as long,’’ Mr Todd said.

‘‘With iPads...their attention span is a lot longer, which means they enjoy and take part in activities for longer.

‘‘Beforehand they might have done it for three minutes and got over it very quickly.’’

Mr Todd said people with disabilities appeared happier, calmer and more content when using iPads.

‘‘(There are) a lot of communication tools on there for people who are non-verbal and have trouble with communication,’’ he said.

The campaign will run until the end of the month.

To donate an iPad, contact Mr Todd on 54807779 or 54802388.

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