Give kids a voice: iPads for Autism

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!

Dec 30, 2013

Happy Holidays! iPads keep changing lives of autistic children in Pensacola!

Brendon and Dad
Brendon and Dad

When Sara B signed up for Autism Pensacola's Parent Empowerment Class, she was seeking answers to help her son with autism blossom and grow.  Because of your generosity, Brendon has done just that  shining at school, sharing his interests with friends and even better, sharing special moments with his dad as seen above.  Brendon has also increased his reading skills and is excelling at school.

James was only 5 when his mom took the Parent Empowerment Class.  When she received his iPad, she was so excited to be able to put into practice what she had learned.  Now, 6 months later, James is learning to read!  Prior to getting the iPad, he didn't know his alphabet or how to sound out words, but now, thanks to the iPad, he is learning more and more words everyday! He loves to share stories on the iPad with his mom.  He still resists doing academic work on the traditional paper and pencil, but works hard on the iPad, accelerating his learning.  And his behavior is improving as well, since his mom rewards his good behaviors with fun time on the iPad.  As his mom says, "I am very grateful to have received this iPad.  James has come so far because of it and I know we wouldn't be where we are today without it!"

Eleven year old Max was non-verbal and self-abusive when his mom took the Parent Empowerment class.  Now, he is talking more and more and is beginning to read! He uses the apps on the iPad to learn to read and now has even started bringing books to his mom to read them to her-especially his beloved Toy Story! This is amazing considering she was told he would never be able to communicate at all.  What a blessing!  Max also loves recording things he finds interesting--perhaps this will lead to a career some day!  So many changes in his life are because you gave to help him find his voice--and so much more!

As 2013 comes to a close, we wish you Happy Holidays and thank you again for your support!  We have given 12 iPads to families like these and all of them have been trained on the best ways to teach their children. This maximizes the impact of your donation.  I hope you have a wonderful 2014 and that we can count on your continuing support to make a difference for more of these wonderful children and their families.

Max loves his iPad!!
Max loves his iPad!!


Sep 25, 2013

update from Give Kids a Voice

Autism Pensacola continues to improve the lives of those living with autism in our community. Because of the generosity of donors like you, our Give Kids a Voice program has helped fund iPads for 8 families who have been trained to work with their children through our Parent Empowerment Program (funded by Pensacola Bay Impact 100).

Parents report that iPads are making a difference in their children's lives everyday. Some have found new ways to communicate and others have a new learning tool. Parents can also connect with other families to share support and ideas via the iPads as well as use aps to track their child's progress. All of this was made possible because of your gift to Give Kids a Voice.

We will continue to support our families who are trained on working with their children because this assures that they are equiped to maximize the impact of the iPads. Autism Pensacola works in all ways to maximize our impact and the use of our donors' dollars.

Thank you again for your support of this important project!  We are grateful for your support!

Jun 3, 2013

Families using iPads to make a difference thanks to your generosity!

Max loves using his iPad to learn!
Max loves using his iPad to learn!

Our pilot class of the Parent Empowerment Program was a great success!  Fifteen families learned to work with their children using the principles of best practice teaching called Applied Behavior Analysis.  They were also trained and used iPads with their children.  At the end of the class, 6 families requested and recieved financial support to purchase their iPads and received them because of your generous support of iPads for Autism!  Thank you so much!!  

Families of children like Max and Brenden are reporting that their children are learning and growing in new ways because of the iPad you helped them purchase. 

  •  Brenden's mom writes:  Special topics and interests can be a tricky thing for an eight year old boy.  When you are born not knowing how to make friends there is no such thing as having a simple conversation.  Or so I thought.  Introduce an eight year old boy with Aspergers to an iPad and suddenly that awkward special topic that leaves other kids eyes glazed over changes to eager conversation (a real two-sided conversation) and budding friendships.  My son is using his iPad to connect to the rest of the world.  He has discovered he loves playing Scrabble pass-and-play with me and Where's Waldo with his sister.  He can show his daddy funny videos from YouTube.  The best is at school where he is now joining in about his favorite games and apps and kids are actually responding to him.  His special interest is now an asset.  He is also able to grow by using his chore chart and zone apps to help him focus and build social skills.  My autism day also helps us keep track of his days whether they are good or bad.  And the good days just keep on growing.  His confidence is also blossoming.  When you can outmaneuver Mom on the iPad you feel like one smart cookie.  His favorite thing to do is change the colors to negative in settings.  He laughs as I sit there and struggle to find anything.  If anyone is unsure how to do something on their iPad, just ask Brenden.  He was even able to help his grandparents to get the hang of theirs.  We want to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to Autism Pensacola and everyone who helps support this worthwhile and terrific organization.
  • Max's mom says:  Max's iPad helps him communicate in a world that often does not understand him. He can use it to type out words that others may not understand or by touching pictures that express his needs or thoughts. We also use it to help reinforce concepts that are difficult for him to learn by traditional means such as the Wh concepts you see in the photos. In addition we use the video function to help video modeling behaviors that reinforces his appropriate or desired behavior and to help us learn to work on those behaviors that continue to cause functional difficulties. Max also uses the video function to let us see the world through his eyes. The iPad has been a blessing to our family and we are so grateful for the opportunity to be a recipient. 

These are just two of the children who are benefiting everyday in so many ways from your support of Autism Pensacola and iPads for Autism.  Thank you for making a difference!!  This summer we will hold two more sets of classes for up to 30 more families--and those in need will receive iPads to keep because of generous donors like you!  Thank you!


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