Gallaudet partners with Apple to advance accessibility in education
What you need to know
- Apple and Gallaudet University have announced a new collaboration.
- The collaboration will provide each student with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and SmartFolio case.
- It will also provide scholarship and career opportunities for students.
Apple and Gallaudet University are partnering up to make learning more accessible for students as well as provide them with both academic and career opportunities.
Gallaudet, a private university for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind students will be distributing an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and SmartFolio case to all students who are enrolled in the fall semester.
The university will also be the first to participate in Apple's new scholarship program for students of color with disabilities who are interested in technology, computer science and other science, technology, and mathematics fields. The students will also be invited to WWDC, Apple's yearly developer conference.
The collaboration will also create employment and career opportunities for Gallaudet students, including a recruitment program through Apple Carnegie Library which currently employs more than thirty team members who identify as deaf or hard of hearing. The store, as well as others in the Washington metropolitan area, work with the university to provide customized experiences for students and faculty.
Gallaudet University President Roberta J. Cordano says that the collaboration "will serve a critical role in advancing both ASL vibrancy and greater equity for our community."
Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, says that Apple is "honored to work together with this incredible institution to create even more opportunities for Gallaudet students and for all underserved and underrepresented communities."
Apple says that the iPad will enable to university to create more personalized learning, increase student performance and engagement, and more easily connect students with their peers and teachers.
You can also read or watch a video of the announcement in American Sign Language below:
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