Voices for the Voiceless
Organized by: Nicole Dougan
As you may know, my school district is in the middle of a change over to an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. As part of this change, several new milestone projects will be implicated including a "Personal Project" due in the middle of the student's Sophomore year. During the project, students are allowed to research whatever topic they choose and present it to their class during a presentation. To work out all of the kinks, a handful of students have been selected to work with teachers (called mentors) throughout the school to complete these projects. I was selected to participate in this project and from the moment I found out, I knew I wanted to research Autism Spectrum Disorders and in some way give back to the community.
In my initial research, I stumbled across an article all about how new technology, such as iPads, have been helping non-verbal autistic children and adults express their thoughts and in some cases, even begin speaking. After reading this article I knew I wanted to give back to my community by fundraising to donate an iPad to a new autistic program in the area with several non-verbal autistic children. Read the article by copying and pasting this web address: http://www.technapex.com/2012/02/ipads-revolutionizing-autism-education/
This program is a new Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program at Hillside Middle School, a middle school in my district about 10 minutes from my house. Previously, our school district only had a disabilities program at the elementary and high school levels. However, with the increase in number of autistic children in the area, the district decided to open an ASD classroom at the middle school level. These children receive individual attention that is tailored to meet all of their needs both mentally and physically. Since this program is brand new, they do not have all of the materials needed for a successful program. And that's where we step in. I hope to raise enough money to buy this program an iPad with the software proven to help so many of these children. Thank you so much in advance for any donation. Even a little bit helps :)
A little bit about where your money will go:
After researching many sites, this is the best one by far. All donations are 100% secure and will go directly to me so I can personally buy the iPad and hand deliver it to the program directors.