iPads Helping Kids with Autism

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Cherith Weis

Gracemere

cherrypink.15@

bigpond.com

THE Inner Wheel Club of Rockhampton recently presented a cheque for $1000 to the Rockhampton Autism Support Group. The donation will enable the support group to start a library of books, subsidise workshop and conference registration fees for members and provide social opportunities for children.

The use of iPads has been life-changing for many people on the autism spectrum. Computers are useful tools for those with autism to facilitate communication. The iPad is also flexible and portable. The touch screen and layout make it more accessible for the very young and those with coordination or learning difficulties.

Activities on the iPad are self-directed and predictable, an added bonus for those on the spectrum. For older children it is a C[pounds sterling]coolC[yen] accessory which goes unnoticed by their peers as a disability device.

To learn more about iPad use and the range of apps available come to the next meeting of the Rockhampton Autism Support Group on Friday, August 31, with guest speaker Jo Filmer at Room 3, Community Health Centre, Bolsover St at 10am.

For more information phone Lesleigh on 49332209 or e-mail ljmitcham@

yahoo.com.au.

Noeline's fans

JUSTIN Beiber eat your heart out. Noeline Brown would have given him a run for his money with the number of fans with photographs and autographs for the commencement of Seniors Week in the Rockhampton Region from Friday.

Noeline's first appearance was at Bauhinia House where the Mini Olympics were staged by the North Rockhampton Senior Citizens Club where she tried her luck at C[pounds sterling]medalsC[yen]. The paper plates didn't prove to be as accurate as a discus.

On Saturday she spoke at the Shalom Garden Party and was a hit with the not-so-young while Saturday night saw Bauhinia House transformed into a glitzy wonderland with a Belle (Val Parker) and Beau (former Rockhampton resident Ron Robertson, now of Gladstone) being chosen.

Noeline was once again in the public eye and speaking on ageing, volunteering and health matters concerning the older generation.

On Sunday Noeline appeared at the official launch of Seniors Week and spoke to the Coast seniors. Councillor Rose Swadling launched the week at which Member for Keppell Bruce Young and Councillors Fisher, Smith, and Wyatt attended.

MORE than 40 ambulance service volunteers will gather in Rockhampton on August 24 and 25 for the 2012 Central Region Local Ambulance Committee (LAC) Conference. …