The Board of Education at its April 22, 2019 meeting congratulated Caitlin Sanchez, a 6th grade student at Lincoln Middle School, for her selection as a 2019 Infinitec Technology Achievement Award winner for her use of assistive technology to gain independence in communication. Caitlin received her award along with students from more than 80 school districts at Infinitec's annual banquet on April 25.
Caitlin's educational team includes Ms. Gibbons (special education teacher), Mrs. Mulvihill (speech and language pathologist) and Mrs. Ballman (assistive technology specialist). Her teachers report that Caitlin has gained independence since she has started using the LAMP app on an iPad for communication. Her device has allowed her to make great gains academically and socially. She is able to communicate her wants and needs, which has helped her throughout the school day.
They also note that Caitlin's interest in reading has grown tremendously since using LAMP. She loves being able to sit and read books on her own with her device. She also uses her device to tell her teachers and peers about interests and activities she has outside of school. At home, Caitlin is able to communicate her feelings and wants more readily, too.
District 64 is a member of Infinitec, an assistive technology coalition that works to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology. Infinitec operates as a division of United Cerebral Palsy of Chicago.
(PHOTO) At the April 22 Board meeting, Lincoln Principal Tony Murray and teacher Casey Gibbons added the school's congratulations to Caitlin and her mother.