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Sun Prairie students with special needs receive iPads

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Sun Prairie school students with special needs receive iPad tablets with special features to help them learn, grow and participate in the classroom.

The grant comes from the Madison East Kiwanis Organization and Madison-4-Kids, which hopes to raise money to give iPads to more students this year. Thirteen iPads have been given to students with autism in our area and two were recently presented to students at Horizon Elementary School in Sun Prairie.

Children with autism use the iPads at school and at home. The technology helps them communicate by using special applications. For example, there's a food and drink app, which helps students express what they want for lunch that day, like a sandwich with an apple and strawberry.

Teachers say it's a new feature in the classroom they now can't live without. East iPad costs about $500 dollars.

Additional special needs students in our area have applied to receive an iPad at school, but the program says they need more funding to continue the project.

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