WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (October 19 – 25, 2009)

TECHNOLOGY

At Perkins, high-tech is both future and now; $10m gift to help build new center.” By Katie Johnston Chase. Boston Globe. October 20, 2009. 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 – students at the Perkins School for the Blind can listen to 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. The 180-year-old Watertown school says the center is at the heart of a newly launched $25 million campaign focused on incorporating more technology into the lives of blind students.

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