An inspiring letter from a special educator who used MyVoice to transform how his students participated in their annual arts & crafts sale:
My name is Jay Arrington and I am the Head of a Special Education Department at Monarch Park Collegiate. Our Department supports students with Physical and Intellectual Disabilities, including students with mild Autism all the way to those in the profound Autism range.
Earlier this year, in December, our department hosted their 14th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale, which raises money towards a shared Holiday Party and for donations to different areas of our school.
Every year we work hard to provide augmentative supports in place, for students to use to help them connect with the customers they encounter during that sale, and have been able, with limited success to provide some limited materials, like symbol and word icons, photos, etc.; however as we annually have somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15 to 20 products, which the students produce towards this effort, we are often far too busy to create an aid for each price and sometimes only able to make a scant few. Instead we are often forced by these time constraints to rely on Person centred supports to act as mediator or supports to help most of our students to stay connected to the experience. we always managed to have a fun and successful sale, but many students were very dependent on staff to complete the experience.
This year though we used MyVoice with an iPad and all that changed.