Give kids a voice: iPads for Autism

 
$12,780 $2,220
Raised Remaining
'The iPad keeps my daughter engaged and learning.'

Summer is sizzling here in Pensacola! Like the past 9 summers, many of our kids are busy and learning at our Summer Learning Lab. This summer, in response to the needs of many of our children, we are happy to announce that Give Kids a Voice has expanded. At our Summer Learning Lab Camp, we have realized that some families have an iPad, provided by another program or perhaps a generous grandparent. Other families save and save to purchase the iPad, only to discover they don't have the funds needed for apps that will support communication.

As a result of this need, Autism Pensacola recently expanded our program to offer support for families recommended by our Summer Learning Lab staff who were in need of either an iPad for communication or a communication app to go on a device they already own. All families were required to have individualized training to ensure they understood how to use the iPad for communication.  This usually means blocking other uses of the device, at least until the child understands the value of the communication tool.  We have just awarded 2 new iPads as well as provided 5 families with communications apps and training on their use.

"We are ecstatic to receive this app for our children" state Angela O., mother of two children on the autism spectrum as well as a new baby.  "Both our children need to work on conversation skills. We've tried the free communication apps, but they don't provide the tools we need.  We plan to have their teachers help with the ProLoQuo App and are confident we will see a burst of communication.  Thank you, Autism Pensacola and Global Giving donors, for providing this opportunity!"

Autumn W. is so excited to add a communication app to the iPad she already received after taking our Parent Empowerment Program.  "I know this is going to be the tool that truly makes the iPad our son's voice. We are so grateful!"

We are looking forward to sharing even more success stories in the next few months as these families put these tools to use. Thank you for your support of 'Give Kids a Voice'! You are the reason these families have so much hope this summer!

Your gift makes it possible. Thank you.
Your gift makes it possible. Thank you.
April reminds us to love, accept and respect!
April reminds us to love, accept and respect!

Happy Spring!  April is known as Autism Awareness Month, though you will also hear about Autism Acceptance Month or Autism Respect Month. No matter what you say, autism is an important cause to be aware of and all those living with autism deserve and need Acceptance and Respect.  They have many challenges and many gifts. Both of these can benefit from the gift of an iPad.  A child who doesn't speak can literally 'find a voice' through using the iPad as a communication tool. A child who is gifted in a particular area can explore further into their favorite topic through the iPad--gaining knowledge that may lead to a future career.  

Autism Pensacola is excited to announce that the 2014 Give Kids a Voice Global Giving campaign raised double the amount from the year before! We received just under three thousand dollars from Thanksgiving until the end of the year! Thanks to your generous donations Autism Pensacola, Inc will be able to provide at least six iPads to families who have a child with autism.  These iPads will aid in improving the child's means of communication and learning.  On behalf of everyone at API, THANK YOU! 

Because of this success, Autism Pensacola will soon roll out a new way for families in our area to qualify to recieve iPads.  In addtion to offering iPads to our graduates of our powerful Parent Empowerment Program, we will soon begin offering a mini class that trains parents specifically on the iPad as a tool for increasing communication, social and academic skills. Graduates of this new program will also be able to apply to recieve an iPad because of your generosity.  

Thank you for making a difference for so many living with autism!

So excited! A tool to unlock my child
So excited! A tool to unlock my child's world!
Your year-end donation makes a difference!!
Your year-end donation makes a difference!!
Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season!
Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season!

Dear Friend,

As a board member of Autism Pensacola, I wanted you to know the iPad is invaluable for families living with autism.  The iPad is so much more than a communication tool.  For my son Matthew, it is like a security blanket and a true Godsend.  He handles new and challenging situations like a pro with the iPad and for that we are so grateful.  We also use it to facilitate therapy and homework. 

 
We are fortunate that we have been able to purchase iPads for Matthew as he needed them, but many families don't have that luxury.  Your gifts to 'Global Giving-Give Kids a Voice' offer  families a chance to improve communication with their loved one and open new avenues of communication and learning.  Matthew's iPad has been a conduit for us to more easily enter his world and for him to better cope in ours. Please consider a gift and helping change the lives of a family living with autism.

Thank you so much for your support of Give Kids a Voice! We wish you and all you love a wonderful holiday season!

Thank you,

Brett Parra MD
"Matthew's Dad"
Kim is thrilled to get an iPad for her son, age 3.
Kim is thrilled to get an iPad for her son, age 3.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  Twenty-six families now have children who can connect with them through the magic of an iPad because of you!  Look how you made a difference:

The iPad has been wonderful for our Gabriel...and not in the way we first imagined it would be. Gabriel is a non-verbal 3 year old that loves to move more than anything else in the world. He runs, climbs, hops and jumps and never sits still for anything. Then we got a headrest mount for the iPad in the car. That changed everything. Now, Gabriel will stand in the back seat and touch, pinch and swipe the screen. While he's buckled in his car seat, he will watch his favorite shows. Since we've started using this device, he's more interested in other people, even making better eye contact! He uses some of the flash card apps we have on the iPad at the kitchen table! We look forward to the day he can use the iPad to help communicate, but until then, we really love the progress he is making just paying attention to it.

Julie waited a year to get an iPad for her daughter...and she is certain that the iPad you provided will make a difference! She is so excited to see her daughter start to learn and grow! 

This season we wish you a heart as full of gratitude as these are...because of your gift to Give Kids a Voice!

Julie is so grateful for the hope you provided!
Julie is so grateful for the hope you provided!

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $30
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $500
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $30
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $500
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Organization

Project Leader

Susan Byram

Pensacola, Florida United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Give kids a voice: iPads for Autism