MANY special needs children in North Devon are being given an introduction to computing thanks to the a new lap-top computer from county councillor Chris Haywood. Cllr Haywood has provided the Barnstaple-based Devon Portage Service with the new equipment

MANY special needs children in North Devon are being given an introduction to computing thanks to the a new lap-top computer from county councillor Chris Haywood.Cllr Haywood has provided the Barnstaple-based Devon Portage Service with the new equipment via his Community Councillor Fund. It will be used by Portage home visitors to introduce parents and pre-school youngsters to home-based educational software that they can then lend for use with their own home computers."The cause and effect software uses large brightly coloured switches with Velcro pads that help children to develop skills such as hand-eye coordination," said Hazel Hobbs, senior Portage home visitor.Portage, a service funded by Devon County Council, is based next to Victoria House Children's Centre."We work in partnership with parents in their own homes to support their child's learning," added Mrs Hobbs.