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Voices for the Voiceless

Organized by: Nicole Dougan

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THE STORY:

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.

$425

 

61% Raised of $700 Goal

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  • The Laycoes

    $20

  • The Hanpeter Family

    $20

  • The Prowse Family

    $20

  • Sheppard Family

    $20

  • Lockwood Family

    $25

  • Judith E Mitchell

    $20

  • Burger Family

    $25

  • Rick and Susan

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Paul & Donna

     

  • Christina and Jon

     

  • Lus and Andre

     

  • The Bierman Family

     

  • The Tibbles

    $25

  • The Kachinosky Family

    $20

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Nicole Dougan

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Donor Comments

The Kachinosky Family

The Kachinosky Family

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

The Tibbles

The Tibbles

DONATION: $25

Nicole, you should be so proud of all of your efforts. You are a great example of what the MYP "Personal Project" is all about! 4 years ago

The Bierman Family

The Bierman Family

4 years ago

Lus and Andre

Lus and Andre

4 years ago

Christina and Jon

Christina and Jon

Nicole, we are so proud of you for choosing this cause and for striving to understand and support autistic kids and autism research. As you know, our son/your cousin has ASD. The more we learn, the more we are able to help these wonderful, twice-gifted children. We're with you all the way. 4 years ago

Paul & Donna

Paul & Donna

4 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Rick and Susan

Rick and Susan

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Burger Family

Burger Family

DONATION: $25

Good luck Nicole. Wonderful project. 4 years ago

Judith E Mitchell

Judith E Mitchell

DONATION: $20

Increasing numbers of children and their families are impacted by Autism. Its hard to imagine the devastating diagnosis at a time when such young children should be learning,communicating, interacting and going to school. We need to do all we can to support research to find a cause and reach out to families. 4 years ago

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