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Bridging the gap for non-verbal students

Together with State Schools’ Relief (SSR), Bank First is enabling life-changing support through the provision of iPads for non-verbal students.

We know the importance of communication. And the inability to express oneself can create barriers to education, health and social interaction.

Together with State Schools’ Relief (SSR), Bank First is enabling life-changing support through the provision of iPads for non-verbal students. 

SSR is all about ensuring no student is left behind due to financial hardship. They look out for disadvantaged students, offering essentials like uniforms, shoes and education resources. And their iPad Program offers kids a voice, both in the classroom and at home. 

The iPad program supports non-verbal students to overcome communication barriers at home and in school. Yet, for families grappling with adversity, owning an iPad can seem out of reach, potentially hindering their child's learning and social engagement. To address this, allied health providers and school staff identify students in specialist schools who urgently need a device but face financial barriers. This ensures that every child, regardless of their circumstances, can thrive. 

We’re a bank founded by educators, so we understand the importance of communication in education. That's why we're proud to stand alongside SSR in the mission to enrich the educational journey of countless young learners through the iPad program. 

And the impact speaks volumes. SSR raised over $200,000 for the 2024 program, with Bank First contributing $50,000. That's more than 500 non-verbal students who now have a tool for communication, learning, and inclusion. 

Hear from Clyde Creek Primary School

A lot of our families don’t have the capacity or NDIS funding to purchase devices. If families have just arrived in Australia, they may not yet have access to therapy support or NDIS funding, and cannot financially afford therapy for children, let alone buy devices to establish a form of connection or functional communication at school and at home. Kristy Panayiotou, Wellbeing/Disability Inclusion Team Leader

Hear from Eastern Ranges School

The iPads will help greatly assist his students with their communication in the school. Around 50 percent of the students here use some sort of communication device, like a visual aid or iPads. It’s giving them tools to communicate with others in class and in play. Sam Silverwood, Principal

Our partnership with SSR is helping to create a more inclusive learning environment for all students.  

Together, we're paving the way for a brighter, more equitable future. 

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