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WA invests $4m in classroom accessibility technology


The West Australian government has promised $4m for interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in the state’s public schools. IWBs, which use touchscreen functionality, offer interactivity and multimedia capabilities which not only boost student engagement but allow for easy use of assistive technology, such as captions.

WA Education Minister, Dr Liz Constable, said that IWBs are particularly beneficial for students with special needs, including those with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. “Students with autism are visual and the technology allows teachers to run image-based programs on the screen.”

IWBs are used in Media Access Australia’s Classroom Access Project, a series of prototype classrooms in mainstream schools which exemplify how technology can best be used to fully include Deaf and hearing impaired students.

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Broadway theatre becomes autism friendly


USA: The Broadway based Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is piloting a new program to make theatre accessible to audience members on the autism spectrum.

The Autism Theatre Initiative is part of TDF's Accessibility Programs and the inaugural performance will be of The Lion King at its matinee session on Sunday, 2 October. An advisory panel of autism experts are working with TDF to ensure the audience’s needs are met, and TDF has purchased every seat in the theatre to re-sell to families with members within the autism spectrum.

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