Technology helps disabled students

  • Mrs. Mercy Brea works with Noah Clarke a first grader at the Autism Academy at Blue Lakes Elementary school in SW Miami-Dade county. Friday April 12, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Beatriz De La Noval works with a student using an iPad at the Autism Academy at Blue Lakes Elementary school in SW Miami-Dade county Friday, April 12, 2013. Special needs students can explain themselves through icons on the screen. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Beatriz De La Noval, closest to camera, works with a student Armando Cabrera, 7, upper left, using an iPad while students Matthew Tabango, 7, and Pedro Rodriguez, 7, work with para professional, Susan Sloat at the Autism Academy at Blue Lakes Elementary school in SW Miami-Dade county Friday, April 12, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Teacher Beatriz De La Noval, right, works with student Armando Cabrera, 7, left, using an iPad while student Pedro Rodriguez, 7, right rear, works with para professional, Susan Sloat at the Autism Academy at Blue Lakes Elementary school in SW Miami-Dade county Friday, April 12, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Beatriz De La Noval, closest to camera, and para professional Susan Sloat, second from right, work with students Matthew Tabango, 7, and Pedro Rodriguez, 7, at the Autism Academy at Blue Lakes Elementary school in SW Miami-Dade county Friday, April 12, 2013. Armando Cabrera, 7, is at upper left. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Occupational therapist Ana C. Ramos works with student Jaylee Jo, 5, on vestibular and proprioceptive input in prone while working on a visual motor activity in a swing at the Autism Academy at Blue Lakes Elementary school in SW Miami-Dade county Friday, April 12, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ashley Calle, 20, works on a design in a computer program with assistance from para professional Sharon Billue, at right, on Wednesday May 29, 2013, at Barbara Goleman High School , which has a tech-assisted art program for students with disabilities. PATRICK FARRELL / Miami Herald Staff

  • David Del Pino, left, Jayvon Gallon, center, and Sean Torres put together a clock they made on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Barbara Goleman High School , which has a tech-assisted art program for students with disabilities. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • David Del Pino, left, Jayvon Gallon, center, and Sean Torres put together a clock they made on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Barbara Goleman High School , which has a tech-assisted art program for students with disabilities. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Zachary Sweeting shows off a chess piece on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Barbara Goleman High School , which has a tech-assisted art program for students with disabilities. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Zachary Sweeting makes a chess piece on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Barbara Goleman High School , which has a tech-assisted art program for students with disabilities. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • George Barek uses a sander to finish up a project on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Barbara Goleman High School , which has a tech-assisted art program for students with disabilities. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rulers that were made by students at Barbara Goleman High School , which has a tech-assisted art program for students with disabilities are shown Wednesday, May 29, 2013, PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF