Jul 29, 2015

Summer sees expansion of 'Give Kids a Voice'

'The iPad keeps my daughter engaged and learning.'
'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.
Apr 14, 2015

Springtime is busy time for families with autism

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's world!
So excited! A tool to unlock my child's world!
Dec 29, 2014

Give Kids a Voice before the Ball Drops on 2014!

Your year-end donation makes a difference!!
Your year-end donation makes a difference!!
 
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