Communication tools for young adults with autism



For young adults with autism, technology can often make the difference between a life of isolation and a chance for a vibrant, related social learning experience. This challenge is to raise $5,000 to buy interactive white boards for young adults in 3LPlace's new Life College. The white boards provide different ways of presenting information: through sight, touch and real time, active engagement with the material. If we have 40 donors in 30 days, we also win a spot here on Global Giving!

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The Centers for Disease Control report that developmental disabilities now affect one in every six children in the United States. Students with special needs receive services under federal law until they are 22 years old, but after that, there are few programs in place to help with the transition from school to the community. As a result, these young people, with a tremendous amount to contribute, quickly find themselves both educationally and economically disenfranchised.

How will this project solve this problem?

When we started 3LPlace, our first task was to identify best practices for special needs transition. Finding nothing that met a best practices standard, we created a top-notch collaboration, including experts from Harvard, Tufts and Lesley universities and, over the next few years, raised the funds to support the development of a comprehensive curriculum to fill that gap. Now, having created the curriculum structure, we are putting it to work as the framework for 3LPlace's Life College.

Potential Long Term Impact

The Life College will serve a diverse mix of students with various developmental disabilities, and teach them the skills they will need to live meaningful adult lives in the community. Research will be a key component of the program. Our Transition Curriculum and all research findings will be published on our website for use with transitioning young adults in communities across the U.S. and around the world.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $8,350

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $8,350 .  The original project funding goal was $9,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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3LPlace, Inc.

Somerville, MA, United States

Project Leader

June Mallon

Somerville, MA United States

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