Win a new school building competition - Myrddin Special Unit

Myrddin Special Unit
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire


'We all deserve to be heard – give us a voice!'

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Their vision is clear and they are in a very challenging situation. They are in a part of Wales where specialist equipment for children with significant disadvantages is scarce, and to be able to give them a local facility means that it can be shared across the county of Carmarthenshire.

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We are an inclusive special unit attached to Myrddin Primary in West Wales. We serve pupils with Profound multiple (PMLD), severe (SLD) learning difficulties and Autism. We are a small Unit providing for a rural community.

Some pupils travel up to 30 miles to school. Several pupils are non-verbal, but CAN communicate. Technological advances enable them to access all curricular areas, but they are expensive and specialized...and sometimes LARGE.

We are currently fundraising for The Tobi eye gaze, which will enable our PMLD pupils to operate a mouse with their eyes. Assessment and advice for our children is currently at an outreach facility 70 miles away in Cardiff. We would use a new classroom to set up an Assistive Technology centre, used through a multi-disciplinary approach with physio's, speech and occupational therapists who also would input to provide the most appropriate devices for individuals.

This technology has proved life-changing for "David" age 10, from a Welsh speaking family. He is severely physically disabled, struggling to hold his head up. He travelled to Cardiff 3 times to trial the Tobi eye gaze and for the first time in his life he played games and made choices-in control. Breath-taking achievement, breaking down barriers to learning, un-locking his true potential. It can also be programmed in Welsh, his preferred language.

The classroom would be an invaluable resource for us. We would fund raise, apply for grants and seek Authority contributions to resource it with cutting edge technology. It would continue to grow, and could be extended County wide as outreach centre for pupils in mainstream settings, helping even more children. "We all deserve to be heard-give us a voice!"

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