HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi.
The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi received 15 new iPads and 19 computers thanks to a gift from the Walmart State Giving Program, totaling $25,000.
In a letter received by the DuBard School, the Walmart Foundation stated that the organization believes the DuBard School is doing important work in the Pine Belt community and is proud to support the efforts.
DuBard School students use a range of educational applications on iPads as a supplement to their classroom lessons. In addition to providing support in strengthening language abilities, apps can help with other skills such as memory and fine motor movement.
“Since students at DuBard School are in intensive language-learning lessons all day, utilizing educational games on iPads at the end of the day gives them a little bit of a break but also keeps them learning and reinforces what is being taught in the classroom,” said DuBard School director Dr. Maureen Martin. “We’re grateful for the support from the Walmart Foundation so that we can have technology like this available for our students.”
In addition to serving as an educational tool, the iPads and computers give students the opportunity to improve their skills in the use of current technology.
The DuBard School’s enrollment program is available to families at no cost, but is only partially funded by the state and relies on grants and private donations to provide services to its 80 full-time students. To learn more about the DuBard School and how you can help provide support, visit www.usm.edu/dubard.
About the DuBard School for Language Disorders
The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and is a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school serves children with severe language/speech disorders, including the written language disorder of dyslexia, and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology or deaf education. DuBard School for Language Disorders is a United Way agency. Further information is found at www.usm.edu/dubard.