Support from the Axis Foundation funds an immersive sensory room for children with special educational needs, helping to capture their imaginations.

The Axis Foundation supplied a sum of £3,000 to the school, helping to fund their sensory room. The sensory room is an immersive environment that helps children to learn and captures their imaginations. It is highly interactive; students can touch imagery projected onto the walls to emit a response, like bubbles appearing in a virtual aquarium or creating stars in the night sky. The room also features an Eye Gaze station where students can play educational games with their eye movements, which are tracked using a detector. The Axis Foundation’s donation paid for ceiling work that enabled projectors to be installed and an interactive music system, ensuring that the room remains immersive for the children. Our funding also purchased an APPlicator device that allows students who are unable to use their hands to interact with a tablet.

“We are grateful for the generous donation of the Axis Foundation which has provided more opportunities for our students to learn and explore through lessons and recreation.” Daniel Green, Mapledown School.

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Some of Mapledown School’s pupils have sensory impairments, physical difficulties or challenging behaviour. Therefore, the school’s resources include a multi-sensory room, a hydrotherapy pool, a soft play room and a fully equipped gym. This ensures that every child receives the support they need. Friends of Mapledown is a registered charity that helps to raise money for the school’s specialist equipment, which is usually very expensive by nature. The charity is formed of a small group of teachers and parents that also contribute towards gifts for the children and extracurricular activities where they can.