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School District 22 is committing to improved accessibility for students. – Vernon News

School District 22 is committing to improved accessibility for students. - Vernon News
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Accessibility a priority

School District 22 is committing to improved accessibility for students.

According to the district, improvements include specialized equipment to provide modifications to school washrooms such as adjustable change tables, toilet step stools, toilet positional support systems and adapted seats.

School District 22, Director of Facilities, Archie Stogianos, says $340,000 in upgrades have occurred in schools over the last several years.

Over the last three years, a long list of class improvements has been made including high/low seating base systems, standing desks, wheelchair-accessible classroom desks, floor chairs, and specialized cut-out tables.

SD 22 has also purchased trampolines, punching bags, heart rate monitors, Bluetooth speakers, and weighted sensory balls to encourage students to stay active.

Students with visual impairments have also been considered with equipment such as iPads, computers, braille equipment, magnification devices and lighting options, something students appreciate.

“I think I now have most of the equipment I will need to learn about to be successful as an adult with a visual impairment,” said student Cashus Chisholm.

SD 22 says a total of $500,000 has been spent on accessibility initiatives over the past three years.

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