The Anne Carlsen Center is pleased to announce it has been selected as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2015-2017 school years.

This is the third time Apple has honored the Anne Carlsen Center with the esteemed designation. Awarded to schools that embrace a 21st century vision of learning, Apple bases their selection on five best practices: visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, flexible learning environments and compelling evidence of success.

Utilizing Apple technology in the classroom and throughout the school, Director of Assistive Technology Mark Coppin — also recognized by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator — can attest to the incredible gains students with unique learning needs are experiencing, thanks to new technologies like the iPad. Moreover, the application of these tools within the Anne Carlsen Center curriculum is proving to be particularly effective with students on the Autism Spectrum.

“Apple products are designed with accessibility built in. But it’s more than that; these products tap into the abilities of kids with special needs (especially kids with autism). Once we have the tools to access individuals’ abilities, we have the ability to access everything: their education, their goals, their dreams” Coppin said.

“We are delighted to receive this important distinction” Anne Carlsen Center CEO Eric Monson said. “Improving the learning experience for our students in a measurable way is instrumental in advancing their path to independence, and we’re privileged to have an industry icon acknowledge the success we’ve had.”

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