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Digital Learning Day empowers Barber Center students

ERIE, Pa. -- Technology is rapidly advancing. For most of us, that means cooler features on our phones or a better GPS in our cars. For others, it's empowering them in ways like never before.

Thursday was a day of learning about adaptive technology for the students and their parents at the Barber National Institute thanks to its sixth annual Digital Learning Day.

Devices like iPads aren't just for games and movies at the Barber National Institute, instead, they serve as technologies that assist students with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health challenges.

As a part of Digital Learning Day, the Institute set up tables throughout the facility to demonstrate how various technologies can enhance these students lives.

From reading, writing, producing, photography and even communicating.

"We know how critical it is that children and adults can communicate,” executive vice president Maureen Barber-Carey said. “And very often many of our young people have challenges there. It's only through using some very specialized apps or augmentative communication devices that they can communicate and when you can communicate, you can do everything.”

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