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IGT Offers Technology for Children on the Autism Spectrum


TECH NEWS T&T (April 22, 2024) Smart devices have changed the face of learning at the Immortelle Centre for Special Needs in St Anns. IGT first partnered with the school in 2015 when it donated advanced technology as part of the IGT After School Advantage (ASA) programme. Since then, the school has received several technology donations from IGT – including smart TVs, tablets, desktops and learning apps – bringing significant benefits to the classroom.


“Smart devices have helped our students build confidence and become more independent, and we are very grateful for IGT’s support,” said Ms. Charlene Gittens, Principal of the Immortelle Centre, which supports the lifelong learning of those with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. “The students are building skills to search for what they want on the device and they can use the software and apps independently, staying calm and focused. The expanded access to technology provided by IGT is helping us meet our students’ needs and keeping with our school’s mission to build independent and productive citizens.”


“Smart devices have helped our students build confidence and become more independent, and we are very grateful for IGT’s support. The students are building skills to search for what they want on the device and they can use the software and apps independently, staying calm and focused.”

Organisations supporting children with autism spectrum disorders and other neurological developmental conditions have been increasingly using technology to assist with their complex communication and learning needs.


“One of the goals of IGT’s After School Advantage programme is to apply our technological expertise to assist our NGO partners in addressing the learning needs of children with autism spectrum disorders,” said Ms. Shavindra Tewarie-Singh, IGT’s People and Transformation Regional Senior Manager for the Caribbean.


“It is so encouraging to receive positive feedback on how the technology donations have enhanced the learning environment at Immortelle. We re-engage our NGO partners each year to assess and support their technology needs, and we put particular focus on our community partners supporting children with autism spectrum disorders during Autism Awareness Month in April.”


As part of IGT’s Sustainable Play™ initiatives, ASA is the company’s flagship community initiative, devoted to providing youth with access to technology in communities where IGT operates.


IGT’s donations over the years have included iPads, iPods, touchscreen computers and assistive devices to NGOs such as the Autistic Society of Trinidad & Tobago – D’Abadie and The Life Skills Centre – Point Fortin, Memisa Centre, LIFE Centre, National Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Immortelle Centre for Special Needs. They have also provided projectors and laptops to the non-profit Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organisation (CKFTO) to support pediatric therapy services.



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