Collaboration Provides Computers for Special Needs Children

<p><strong>Washington &mdash; Dec. 4</strong><br /> Local Head Start programs are receiving several IBM KidSmart Young Explorer computer learning centers to help children with disabilities and their classmates learn to use computers together. The Edward C. Mazique Center is receiving seven computers, Prince George&#39;s County Public Schools are receiving seven systems, and the Herring Run Head Start is receiving 6 systems. <br /> <br /> The grant is part of a nationwide donation expected to reach 20,000 children this year through IBM and PACER Center, a national organization for parents and professionals working with children with disabilities, such as autism, vision loss or other learning disabilities and physical impairments. </p><p>PACER is working with groups, including the National Head Start Association, to deploy the computer learning centers and train Head Start teachers and staff. A total of 600 computer learning systems are being donated across the nation to Head Start and other groups through PACER.<br /> <br /> "The latest donation of kid-friendly computer systems by IBM has helped us to offer a new dimension of learning opportunities in the area of promoting improved inclusion for our children with special needs," said Almeta R. Keys, M.Ed., executive director of the Edward C. Mazique<br /> Parent Child Center.<br /> <br /> "The National Head Start Association and PACER are natural partners, as we both believe that children must have the opportunity to succeed in this changing world," said Michael McGrady, interim executive director of the National Head Start Association (NHSA). "Head Start and…


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