Tobii Dynavox Communication Device Stolen From School In Sunderland
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A special computer to help children with serious disabilities communicate has been stolen from a school in Sunderland.
The Tobii Dynavox i12 tablet was taken from Sunningdale School sometime overnight on 8 November.
The tablet had been loaned to the school by the Regional Communication Aid Service to help young children.
Northumbria Police said the device was a “lifeline” to the children as it provides key communication.
Insp Lisa Laverick said: “It is really not much use to anyone as a stand-alone computer device, so it is most probably pretty worthless to whoever has stolen it.”
Sunningdale head teacher Celia Wright said: “The device that has been stolen is a vital part of enabling a child to communicate.
“Although the machine looks like a tablet, it is a specialist piece of equipment that allows the child to use their eyes to communicate by looking at a picture on a screen to let adults know that they need a drink, something to eat or are in pain.
“Without this device children will be unable to communicate their basic needs to adults around them, with adults he