At Perkins, high-tech is both future and now

By Katie Johnston Chase © Boston Globe — Before Ashley Bernard got her new iPod Touch, the Perkins School for the Blind student could not use an MP3 player without help. But thanks in part to school officials, who encouraged Apple Inc. to make an iPod that gives and responds to spoken commands – standard on the latest models – Bernard can listen to her music like any other 16-year-old. Such technological advances received a major boost last night with a $10 million donation from the Grousbeck Family Foundation, directed locally by Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck. The gift, announced at a private dinner, will be used to build a 17,000-square foot center that will include a high-tech classroom and a lab in which companies like Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. can demonstrate the latest advances to assist blind students…. READ ARTICLE

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