Special needs students get new device to help them learn

6:06 PM, Aug 29, 2011   |    comments
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Students in Kent County.

GRAND RAPIDS TWP., Mich. (WZZM)- Some special needs students in Kent County are getting help from engineering students at Grand Valley State University.

It's all part of a partnership between the Kent Intermediate School District and the GVSU engineering department.  The college students created a device that hooks onto the child's walker.  The tray allows the students to be able to move around, while also participating in school.  KISD Superintendent Keven Konarska says, "Students who need their walker to ambulate, sometimes spend so much time with their walker, they aren't able to carry communications devices or computers.  And this simplifies that.  They can put their lunch tray on it or communications device and attach it to the walker themselves."

The students will also be able to test the tray out at home. B ut, the main purpose is to help special needs children with their learning in school. 

By Sarah Sell

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