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Down syndrome charity in plea for old phones

MORE THAN 100 children with Down's syndrome have been given free iPads over the past year, greatly improving their capacity to engage with the wider world.

The Down Syndrome Ireland Mobile Phone Appeal encouraged businesses, schools and members of the public to donate used phone handsets to help children with the condition.

And Down Syndrome Ireland is again calling on people "to root out those used mobile phones and iPods gathering dust in homes and offices''.


They can then be used to bring joy to children with the condition, a spokesman said.

Students with learning disabilities can enhance their communication skills, learn to adapt to various situations and develop a range of social skills by using these technologies.

''It takes just 150 mobile phones for each child to receive a new iPad, but the benefits are manifold,'' the organisation said.