Thursday, October 8, 2015

Feel the music, and enter to win an iPad Mini 4


Music has been a game changer for Max—he learned to sing some words before he could speak them. It inspires him and makes him happy, just as it does for a whole lot of people. And now comes a new social project, Feel The Music, designed to expand musical access to the deaf and hard of hearing community, helping them celebrate, participate and share in their love of music.

The campaign is sponsored by AT&T, along with this post; they've partnered with D-PAN (Deaf Professional Arts Network) to create a contest. Award-winning film director Jules Dameron, who happens to be deaf, created an American Sign Language music video for the hit song Different Colors by the group Walk The Moon. The lyrics are so compelling; my favorite is this line, which speaks to this mom of a kid with special needs: "Different colors, we carry each other, we're just different colors."



The contest involves making a video with your own ASL interpretation of the song, up to six minutes long, and uploading it to the site. The grand prize: A trip for two to a Walk The Moon concert and VIP experience in December, exact dates and location to be announced. (Approximate retail value: $2560.) Each video can only have two people max, and participants must be at least 18 years of age (check out acceptable video formats and the official rules here). A committee will choose four finalists, then the public will vote on the winning video. The contest is open now through November 29, 2015 at 11:59 ET. Learn more about the campaign at this AT&T newsroom story or at Feel The Music.

ENTER TO WIN AN IPAD MINI 4!

AT&T knows just what a game-changer tech has been for individuals of all abilities; it's created accessible built-in features on their smartphones and tablets, including adjustable font and magnification and closed captioning on video playback. They also offer the Text Accessibility Plan for people with a speech disability and/or hearing loss (check out att.com/accessibility for more info).

AT&T is giving away one Apple iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi 16GB in Space Gray, one Incipio Black Lexington Folio with retina display for an iPad mini, plus an AT&T t-shirt (value: $451.95).

To enter, leave a comment below about how you (and/or your child) might use an iPad mini; you must do this for entry. You'll also need to fill out your contact information privately on the Rafflecopter form. (Bonus entries are available, too!)

This giveaway is open from today through October 29, 2015, at 12:00 a.m. ET, to legal residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia who are 18 years and older.

The winner will be announced here. See Rafflecopter "Terms and Conditions" for the full rules.

This post is sponsored by AT&T; we will be receiving an iPad mini, Incipio case and AT&T t-shirt. 

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73 comments:

  1. This is why we're biting the bullet. We know the kids are right.

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  2. We will use the iPad to be apart of Tyler's vision therapy

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  3. I would love an IPAD so my minimally verbal child could face time her family and friend.

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  4. Our daughter has been using a dedicated speech-generating device, but I would love to put a speech app on an iPad for her.

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  5. My daughter's class does a lot of number and letter learning on apps only available for iPads and we have an android. I'd love for her to keep up even when she misses days for illness and doctors.

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  6. We will use it so we can keep in touch with our cousins up North! We will also use it for researching school projects!

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  7. Brandy (Lynn Wilson) - Rafflecopter full name. :)October 8, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    I have two small children and a good friend who is often over that has special needs. I would love to engage with each of them through various apps. My son is actually a "community student" who attends a preschool for students with special needs that integrates students of all abilities into one classroom. As a teacher, I love the program and appreciate that my son (and his friend with special needs) can be learning within the same environment, learning about one another's unique needs and differences and through that, create relationships. I'd likely use the iPad at home for my kids and his friends from school who come to play. I would totally be the cool mom. Because one thing is certain... despite differences, all of them love technology. Hah!

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  8. My daughter has Cortical Visual Impairment. We would use the IPad for visual stimulation at home. We would use it also as a communication device. I think she could use her switch to play games with the boys!!!!!!

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  9. That's really cool that people are translating songs into ASL!!

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  10. We are planning to homeschool and I think this would be perfect for my 4 year old with sensory issues. <3 Thank you for the giveaway!

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  11. Maddie would use it to supplement her school work, speech, and language skills!

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  12. We will be using the ipad to help my son with his speech and articulation

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  13. We'd use the iPad to help with communication. It has been recommended at this point by several speech therapists as a good support device for my child. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  14. I would use it with Proloquo2go as a communication device!

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  15. Would use it as a speech device for my daughter with the speak for yourself app.

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  16. My son with ASD is low-verbal. He is proficient with his speech therapist's iPad, but we really need one for him as a dedicated communication device.

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  17. I will use the iPad mini to show my son to feel the music and stimulate him to improve his speech and communication. Thanks for contest.

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  18. My oldest son is in trade school studying to become an electrician. A lot of their assignments are done online and he always has to borrow my laptop. I would gift the iPad to him to use for his school work.

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  19. Q love his ipad mini to do so many things that involve learning about the world. Sadly, he just smashed the screen during a meltdown and it's now unusable. :-( I would love to win this iPad - and more importantly, the sturdy case - because the cost of keeping up with his special needs is really tough.

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  20. Erik's iPad literally died last night. He is devastated. He has his school one but it's just not the same. He kept asking for it all night. I felt so bad. Tried restoring it, nothing! Erik has Down syndrome and the iPad is his main form of communication/entertainment.

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  21. We would use the iPad for our 6yr old twins with complex medical and developmental needs. They recently started school in an awesome inclusive classroom and they are working on letter and number identification.

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  22. I would use it for my work projects and my daughter projects. I would also download some educational apps for my daughter.

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  23. I would like to have the iPad mini to put proloquo2go on it. I purchased this app a few years ago for the special ed classroom I worked in and the iPad that I had it on died. I have not gotten a new iPad since to replace it.

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  24. I would love this for my husband and I who have print disabilities to read Bookshare books and to be able to FaceTime out of town relatives and friends because we can no longer travel since my husband became ventilator dependent over a year ago.

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  25. As a quadriplegic on a ventilator, and my wife having disabilities of her own, I would love to have this for doing things like FaceTime and all kinds of things we are unable to do on our own.My perfect

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  26. It would be great to use to help my son better his speech.

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  27. I would be using it as an educational tool

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  28. My son is just turning two and has already expressed an interest in reading. We will definitely use the iPad to download books and reading apps. There's no better way to start a child on a lifelong course of learning! Thanks so much! Crystal @Mommifried

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  29. My niece would use this for school to improve upon her reading and math skills.

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  30. My daughter would use it for ABC Mouse.

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  31. We would use it for her homework and surf the web.

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  32. My kids would use it for education and video entertainment.

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  33. I would use it to play educational games, especially ones geared towards vocabulary building and reading with my older granddaughter.

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  34. My grandson would use this iPad mini to play educational games and also speech apps to aid in the progression of his speech. He's in speech therapy and this would help him with sounding out letters and words.

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  35. My daughter and niece/nephew would use the ipad mini to play educational games.

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  36. I would use it for my daily commute and face timing with my grandson. Or give it to my daughter for her studies

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  37. I would like to say that we would use it for homework/learning and games - shaunie

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  38. They would use it for studying spelling works, working on math facts

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  39. We would use it for homework, pictures, organization and entertainment.

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  40. My son would use it for school projects and to play games

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  41. My son would use it to do his reflex math homework on it. He would also play educational games on it.

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  42. My daughter would use it for school and to play educational games on it.

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  43. My son and I would use this to build his skills and play learning games.

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  44. My son is 4 and autistic- the ONLY item he's ever actually shown an interest in us getting for him is an iPad. It's definitely on the Christmas list this year. He would absolutely love to use it for educational games and apps.

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  45. We would use the iPad for my son and help him work on fine motor skills.

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  46. The iPad mini would be for my son to work on his fine motor skills, access educational apps and most importantly, give mommy a break ;)

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  47. I would use it to build math skills which are a need for us.

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  48. We will use it for my son's educational apps, and for him to have entertainment on car rides.

    Entered the Rafflecopter as “Wild Orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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  49. We would use it as a learning tool. My little one could practice reading, math and vocabulary with apps and games.
    Leidy R rafflecopter

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  50. I would use this for research for school projects and to keep in touch with family.

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  51. I would actually be giving this to our new neighbors. Their son is autistic. The kicker is English isn't their first language (they came from the Marshal Islands) so learning English and being in the schoold system is very challenging for him. This would be a wonderful and fun way to get him speaking better and help him succeed . I think too if his parents helped him, their English would improve along with his and the whole family could benefit.

    ellen beck on rafflecopter
    tannawings at gmail dot com

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  52. This would be great for my cousin who has autism!

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  53. My daughter would use it for reading. I've been contemplating a Kindle, because I want her to start with ebooks soon. This would take the place of that.

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  54. This is amazing. I would use it to teach my son everything he needs to learn. He is so much into electronics and it could be his new toy.

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  55. My son has used an ipad before, but not the mini. He needs a new one. Charlotte W.

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  56. Definitely for word games

    Marie

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  57. I would use it for email, Facebook and Twitter. My boys would use it for homework and games.

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  58. I would like them to play some educational math and reading games.

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  59. I would give to my daughter to use to stay caught up in school since she usually misses about 30 days during the winter due to having a compromised immune system

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  60. Our spanish immersion videos!

    Linda

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  61. my son will use it for learning his letters and he beloved youtube videos on play-doh

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  62. My kids would use this to watch movies and listen to music

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  63. I dont have any children of my own but I do have children that I work with. I am an Assistant SLP. I have a case load with children with Autism. As you may know a lot of children that have been diagnosed with Autism engage easily with technology. There are a ton of apps that I unfortunately cannot get a hold of as I only have my android phone to use with with some of these kiddos. Even then I make huge strides everyday with them on this device. I know for a fact that having an ipad will open up a whole new world of apps and activities that I can use to work with them.

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  64. my grandson will use it for school

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  65. For the kiddos to learn how to program on his own! Saw a cool article on ScratchJr on Forbes awhile back.

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  66. would love to do language games on this!

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  67. My daughter will use it for school
    Surinder

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  68. Kelsey would use this to communicate and for vision and learning activities.

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  69. We would use it for everything like playing games and reading books.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  70. My son would use it to play educational games. Also, there is a calming app that I would love to have my son try.

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  71. Educational games and school

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Thanks for sharing!



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