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Help Develop Children's Interactive Learning Games and Educational Television Programs
 
Dear all,

I work at WestEd, a non-profit educational research organization, and we are currently working on a research project related to special education and the use of educational technology. We are soliciting parent feedback to find out what people find helpful and/or challenging about children's interactive learning games and educational television programs. Our goal is to advise a developer of these types of programs on how to make them as helpful as possible for students with different learning needs and abilities.

A local parent center staff member kindly suggested that I reach out to you all to see if you would be willing to post the outreach information (below) to your parent groups. We would really like to hear from parents of children with varying types of special needs, across different parts of the country. This will help us to ensure that these programs can be developed in a way that is sensitive to the needs of all students. For this project, we will be providing parents with a $50 VISA gift card as a thank you for their time.

Here is the information:
 
WestEd, a non-profit educational research organization, is looking for parents of students with special needs between Kindergarten-3rd grade to provide feedback for a research initiative. Parents who participate will receive a $50 VISA gift card.

Purpose: WestEd is partnered with Twin Cities PBS (Public Television) to learn more about the use of educational technology with students with special needs. The information gathered from this study will guide the future development of educational technology, so that it can better meet the needs of students with disabilities. 
 
Participation: Study participation will consist of a 1-hour interview by phone with a WestEd researcher. Interviews will be held from now through February. The interview will focus on the use of educational and/or assistive technology.

Confidentiality: All information discussed during the interview will be kept strictly confidential.
 
There are limited spots available for this study. For parents who would like to participate, please email Laura Gluck, a Research Associate at WestEd, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her direct office line at (650) 381-6442 and identify your child's age and grade level in your response. You can also use the toll free number to reach Laura Gluck at 1-877-4-WestEd (877-493-7833)