The Issue: Language Difficulty Among Youth with Autism
Approximately 1 in 88 children in the United States have been identified with autism, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of these children are nonverbal, meaning they are unable to communicate through spoken language. One of the latest tools to help them communicate is the iPad. Young children can string together sentences by tapping the touchscreen with their fingers, allowing them to express what they want.
The Campaign: Funding iPads for Youth with Autism
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Autism Speaks - St. Louis Chapter will fund one iPad for a child with autism from a low-income background. Each additional $500 raised will provide an iPad for another child with autism. Children can use the iPad to help them communicate with their families through a variety of apps.
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Autism Speaks - St. Louis Chapter
As part of a broad national organization, Autism Speaks - St Louis Chapter funds biomedical research into the causes, treatments, prevention, and cure for autism. The organization raises public awareness of autism-spectrum disorders (ASD), and advocates for research and government initiatives related to helping people with autism. Autism Speaks - St. Louis Chapter works directly with the local community by providing free family services and 100-day tool kits, which help recently diagnosed families follow up on therapies and treatments.