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Livability Nash College receives donation to enable communication

November 20 2020

Students at Livability Nash College are excited to be using new technology to assist their communication skills, thanks to a £3,000 donation from the Janki Saye Foundation (JSF).

This generous gift paid for a Skyle for iPad Pro device, which removes communication barriers for those students who have difficulty producing oral speech or use symbols to express their thoughts and ideas.

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Using eye-gaze technology, in conjunction with switch connectivity, Skyle with an iPad is an engaging device with enormous potential to help people augment or supplement their choice for communication. It will help support up to 30 students, giving them access to express themselves more independently.

Adele Audin, Head of Livability Nash College says: ‘We are thrilled to be the recipients of this very generous support from the Janki Saye Foundation. Communications technologies can offer a lifeline to participation in the full breadth of communication for many of our young people. We are looking forward to being able to share our celebrations of learning with JSF.’

Janki Saye Foundation provides grants to fund assistive technology, including communication and reading devices. Sheila Saye, Director at JSF, says: ‘We are delighted and honoured to be offered this opportunity to work with Livability. JSF is committed to opening up the world of communication and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and special needs through the use of assistive technology. Awarding this grant to Nash College will further our goal to help students at Special Educational Needs schools and colleges. We believe that the iPad Skyle device will help the students at Nash develop and expand their communication skills, enabling them to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. We look forward to following their progress’.

Livability Nash College is a specialist FE college, which educates up to 50 students aged 19-25 each year. Based in Bromley, Nash is a place to learn for students with a wide range of disabilities, including multiple and profound disabilities and autism.

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