Disabled students enjoy technology
As technology has advanced, some of South Waikato’s disabled residents have made it their mission to keep up with it.
Tokoroa’s Creative Arts studio hosts a group of disabled students for weekly technology classes.
In their third year, they can now call themselves technologically savvy.
The students also entered a video into today’s Hamilton Disability Film/ Arts Festival known as Launched.
Last year’s arts festival saw the group enter their rendition of Grease.
However, this year will be a collaboration of all the work from throughout the year.
Technology tutor Ratu Ratu said it was only a matter of introducing them to new equipment.
‘‘When we first started I taught them about how to use the software to tell a story,’’ he said.
Now with iPads, a video camera and a computer, Ratu said the creative juices just flowed.
‘‘The key idea is to provide the equipment and they do their own thing.’’
Barry De Lisle disputed the word ‘‘mainstream’’ and said the class was merely about learning.
‘‘I said that’s something that interests me because I don’t know much about technology . . . I only knew about Facebook and my phone,’’ he said.
Through the programme De Lisle said he learnt how to edit videos.
Creative Arts manager Rachael Campbell said the class helped them in all areas of life.
‘‘ It improves their skills, they interact better with people . . . you’re really seeing what they want to do, what they want to see and what they want to film,’’ she said. Creative Arts planned to extend the programme.
Technology savvy: Theresa Hemming, front, Ratu Ratu, Ashlee Cortesi, Barry de Lisle and Melanie Gardiner know their way around a computer thanks to the video class.