St Lucy’s School

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WE NEED NEW ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

St Lucy’s are aiming to raise enough money to purchase new assistive technology that will enable student independence and increased participation within the classroom environment.

Project Cost: $7,000 – Community Target: $3,500

Make a donation to St Lucy’s School between 17 May and 20 June 2021 and the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank will match every dollar donated until the fundraising goal is reached.

Donations can also be made over the counter at either the Turramurra or Lndfield Community Bank. 

About St Lucy’s:

At St Lucy’s, we view each child individually to unlock their unique potential and encourage them to become independent. We offer outstanding academic programs taught by special educators who are supported by our Therapy team. It is also part of St Lucy’s mission to raise awareness on issues pertaining to disability in the wider community.
In 2020 under the Australian Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) which is used to assess students with disabilities – 75% of St Lucy’s students had an adjustment level of ‘Extensive’ (the highest level), and 25% had an adjustment level of ‘Substantial’ (the 2nd highest level).
At St Lucy’s, we provide a holistic education for students with disabilities which encompasses not only the students’ needs but considers the well-being of the entire family unit.

Our Double the Impact Project:
The funds raised will assist in purchasing assistive technology to enable student independence and increased participation within the classroom environment.
An example of assistive technology is an adaptive switch. This access device allows students with movement-limiting disabilities to use technology and operate electronic devices. Instead of the student performing complex actions such as turning a knob, using a keyboard or mouse, adaptive switches will offer easier movement solutions, such as pressing a button. Once the students learn the skill to use adaptive switches with adaptive technology this can be applied around the home to empower students and increase their independence. E.g. a one-touch can opener will aid in upskilling our students to prepare meals for themselves.

Adaptive switches can be used to operate a wide variety of appliances. They enable students with limited motor skills to use devices with buttons that are inaccessible to them.
Examples of uses of adaptive switches include:

  • Operating learning devices
  • Using computers
  • Operating television and radio
  • Activating light switches
  • Controlling a wheelchair
  • Using kitchen appliances
  • Activating speech generation devices

Adaptive switches provide an interface between the technology and the student with the disability. They modify the normal switch to give the student access, and they are designed to suit the student’s unique ability. When students with disabilities use these types of switches, they can work more independently and participate actively at school, at home or in their community. At St Lucy’s, we aim to continually integrate useful and purposeful assistive technology devices into the learning environment to ensure our students are developing skills to enhance
their independence.

Who will benefit from this fundraising initiative?
St Lucy’s students will be the direct beneficiaries of this project. Assistive technology items, including adaptive switches are priced between $100 – $350 per device. These devices are interchangeable and can be used by different students at different times. With a fundraising goal of $7,000 the school would be able to purchase approximately 20 – 50 different devices.

Families and the community will also benefit indirectly, as the school assists students in using this technology to become independent.

Contact Details:
Visit the St Lucy’s School Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/STLUCYSSCHOOL
www.stlucys.nsw.edu.au

Terms and Conditions:
Donate to the St Lucy’s School Fundraising Initiative and the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank will match dollar for dollar all funds raised in the period between 17 May and 20 June 2021 up to $3,500. Any donations over this amount will not be matched – but will be received by St Lucy’s School at the close of the campaign.

Tax donations over $2 are tax deductable and St Lucy’s School will provide donors with a receipt at the close of the campaign (as per our conditions of participation).