iPads for education of learners with vision impairment
Friday, 13 January 2017
RNIB and O2 have teamed up to offer iPads to children and young people with vision impairment, dyslexia and other print disabilities.
iPads for Education will give learners who are unable to read standard print an accessible device plus online access to thousands of free textbooks and curriculum resources with RNIB Bookshare, providing them the opportunity to work alongside their peers and achieve academic success.
Through the service, the learner will receive:
An Apple iPad Air 2 32GB
1GB of 4G data each month (capped)
A protective iPad case, and
Free access to the Bookshare global collection for the length of the contract (valued at £76) – that’s a further 200,000 books at their fingertips.
There are no upfront costs, only a monthly payment of £17.50 (inclusive of VAT) for a four year contact and a final payment of £50 if you would like to keep the device (total cost of £890).
Karl Marshall, who took part in the 2016 trial, said: “Before, when I had to read, it was harder because books had to be in big binds and they always had to come in different sections, but now the books are all together and stored in one place, which makes them easier to access.”
Louise Marshall, Karl’s mother, said: “I don’t think he was as confident as he is now, he loves to read and he is a very intelligent young lad. He was held back a bit at school because of his reading and I think now, especially with his GCSE’s coming up, he’ll benefit leaps and bounds [from iPads for Education].”
RNIB work hard to find services and products that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people, but as with any high value purchase or contract, we recommend that our customers compare the market to find the products and offers that best suit their needs and budget.