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Making Technology Work at Overbrook

Over the past 10 years, Overbrook has been able to put the latest and greatest technology into the hands of our students. We offer students of all ages the opportunity to use and learn everything from computer basics to advanced internet usage.Our computer systems are specifically configured to meet the needs of students with visual impairments. Our systems have screen reading capabilities, screen magnification programs, scan / read stations, refreshable Braille displays, CCTV hookups and more.

"The school's mission in integrating technology into all aspects of learning is to enhance the options available to the students to experience active and fulfilling lives." The goal is to provide each student with individualized, unimpeded, daily access in the classroom to whatever communication devices can best help them achieve their goals. Students range in age from 3 to 21 years, coming from the greater Philadelphia area, the Delaware Valley region and beyond.

Since the 1980's Overbrook has been recognized for its "pioneering" achievements in the use of technology with blind students. "Through OVERBROOK 2001, we have fundamentally changed the way we teach...At Overbrook we have over 300 computers and 10 servers. The computers are all networked within the classroom and on a campus-wide local area network (fiber optic). The classrooms also have Internet access through two dedicated T1 lines. The goal of this project is not only to teach computer skills, but to show students how the use of computers and related technologies can help them achieve other objectives that are important to them.

The project is based on the belief that the students, and others like them, can learn to apply technology consistently in attaining educational goals today as well as prepare them for tomorrow's challenges. These tools can help them achieve greater fulfillment and productivity in their lives. This project accommodates students of all age groups and abilities, including severe physical limitations. By integrating technology in the curriculum and training teachers effectively, all students' needs will be met. Parent and community support is essential to the project's success.