Autism Pensacola, Incorporated

Autism Pensacola, Inc. is an association of parents, professionals, and concerned community members dedicated to improving the lives of those living with autism by supporting, advocating, educating, networking and providing hope for people affected by autism and related disorders of communication and behavior.
Sep 5, 2014

'Be 1, Get 1' challenge: iPads Give Kids a Voice

Unlock a child
Unlock a child's world!

A mother and API member recently wrote us a letter about the joys of interacting with her child with the use of an iPad she received from API's Give Kids a Voice program.

            I have yet to find a better way to help him self-regulate and calm him when he is overwhelmed than this little machine! He is learning to drag and drop pictures and interact with me to pop bubbles on the bubble app. We look forward to using it to assist with his communication as well. Thank you for all that you do!

iPad technology grabs the attention of these children and holds a key to unlocking their world. We are raising funds to provide iPads for low income families who complete our PEP classes. Support from World-wide donors of our GlobalGiving project ‘Give Kids a Voice’ has enabled us to raise donations for discounted iPads for 22 families. This is the perfect time for our donors to join this campaign! In fact, we’d like to challenge every donor to ‘Be One and Get One’— challenge a friend to join you in giving!

For One Week ONLY, (Sept. 3-10), GlobalGiving will generously match every new monthly reoccurring donation (minimum 3 month commitment).  For example, if you set up a new $25 monthly recurring donation, they will donate an additional $25 to the project. Our goal is to offer one iPad every month. If ten people donate $25 this month, then GlobalGiving will match this amount and we will have $500 to offer a new iPad.

For more information on how your donation is helping to make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, we invite you to visit our project website here.  Please refer to the recurring donation matching FAQ and terms here.

Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support.

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Aug 14, 2014

iPads are changing lives!

Courtney enjoys her iPad!
Courtney enjoys her iPad!

In Pensacola, more and more families are being blessed through the funds raised by Autism Pensacola through Global Giving and our iPads for Autism project that you support!  This week, 4 new families received iPads to share use with children ranging in age from 2-15. These families are so excited to see their children begin to communicate and learn more easily by using the iPad you helped provide. This brings the total number of families we have touched to twenty-two!

Courtney and her little brother both have autism. Courtney's mom took our PEP class and has learned so much. She even changed her carreer to become a teacher. Courtney's mom says,  'The iPad we received has helped us more than we could have imagined. Going into public places was extermely overwhelming, but now she has something to keep her attention. Insetad of crying with anxiety, she is squealing with happiness.  We are also working on the skills needed to use the iPad as a speech device.  What a blessing!' Courtney is 6 and her brother is 4.  Your gifts have made such a difference for this family!

Jose is 13 and being raised by his grandmother.  He hates to read books, but with the iPad he can look up information on his special interest and read about something he loves!  His grandmother says he is working on social skills when he shares with his family what he learns.  What a difference this is making in his life!

These are just a few of the stories of how you make a difference with your donations to iPads for autism. This fall we will have two more of our classes to teach parents the most effective way to help their children and we will be able to continue offering iPads because of your support.  Won't you please consider supporting us once again? Your gift makes such a difference! Thank you!!

Apr 28, 2014

Your generosity keeps giving to those with autism!

Autism Pensacola keeps working to improve life for those with autism! And because of your generous support of Give Kids a Voice:iPads for Autism, we have now supported 18 families through the gift of an iPad! In fact, this week we have presented 4 new families with their iPads.  That's 18 families who have a tool that makes a difference every day.

Remember, our families must take part in a class to learn techniques that empower them to work more effectively with their children to be eligible for our iPad grants.  We also use a sliding fee scale to require parents to have buy in to the program--extending your dollars even further.

These families report many ways that the iPads are making a difference. From William who now does homework more willingly to Nick who is discovering a passion for photography, these iPads are used to improve life for these children and their families. Some use them to communicate, others to increase motivation and others to practice critical skills.

Thank you again for your support. Your gift makes a difference everyday--and will continue to do so for many more days to come!

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