Washburn MBA Students' Gift Helps Kids With Disabilities

By: Giang Nguyen Email
By: Giang Nguyen Email
A Ping Pong Pledge held by  the Washburn MBA Association helped raise funds for the iPad.

A Ping Pong Pledge held by the Washburn MBA Association helped raise funds for the iPad.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A group of MBA students at Washburn University gave local kids the gift of independence - in the form of an iPad.

The Washburn MBA Association presented the Easter Seals Capper Foundation wit a brand new iPad2.

Students raised money for the sleek toy by holding a Ping Pong Pledge last November.

Angie Marquart, the MBA Association's social media coordinator, said she was inspired to help children with disabilities after a tour of the Capper Foundation.

"I saw that they really had a need for more technologies for the kids who come here," she said. "So I kind of felt inspired and I went back to the MBA Association and we talked as a group and decided that we wanted to do a fundraiser to raise money for an iPad for the kids here at Capper."

Weighing only 1.33 lbs and with its relative affordability compared to other devices for children with a communication disorder, the iPad has become a popular tool for therapists at the Capper Foundation.

"This is a real step up from our older technology, because it was so much heavier and harder for the children to use," Linda Burgen, Director of Autism Services, said.

"This is very easy for them to use and it's not cumbersome to carry. And they can move to through the program without needing adult assistance," she said.

Many of the apps for teaching children are free and Burgen said she's downloaded a few of them to help reinforce language skills.

She said the iPad will be used in therapy with her autistic kids, as well as her preschool children with disability.

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