Ullman announces $28k in telepresence grants to help educate homebound students

DOYLESTOWN, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, today announced that Bucks County Intermediate Unit No. 22 in Doylestown will receive $28,197 in state funding to purchase audio and video equipment to educate students homebound for medical reasons.

“As a former teacher, I’ve seen homebound students struggle or have to drop out of school because they weren’t able to attend classes for medical reasons. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, students will be able to attend class in real time from their own homes,” Ullman said. “I’m thrilled that this grant money will make it possible for homebound students to continue their education.”

The equipment will be placed within the homes of students recovering from an accident, medical procedure or who have a chronic medical illness. The equipment will enable the students to participate in daily educational activities with classmates and teachers in real time.

Bucks County Intermediate Unit No. 22 may also use the funds to train personnel on how to use the equipment.

Funding for the grant program comes from Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Special Education state appropriation.