The Issue: Communication Difficulty for Youth with Autism
One in every eighty-eight children has been identified with an autism-spectrum disorder, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, representing a 23% increase since 2009. The effects of autism can vary from child to child, but often impact how children learn to take care of themselves, become social beings, and communicate ideas and feelings. A report on 60 Minutes, though, shows that newly created touchscreen apps can help children with autism express themselves when they cannot communicate verbally.
The Campaign: Purchasing iPads to Aid Communication
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then The Hope Center for Autism can purchase two iPads for its iPad library, thanks to matching donations up to $500 from IlFusion Creative. Each additional $500 raised will fund another iPad for the center's library at the educator’s-discount price.
Many children with an autism-spectrum disorder have trouble with upper-body strength and fine motor skills, making it difficult for them to grasp and manipulate pens. iPads equipped with specially designed apps can enable them to communicate by simply swiping their fingers across the screen. Parents can check out the iPads from the library so that their kids can practice communicating as a part of their behavioral therapy.
All donations will be matched up to a $500 total by IlFusion Creative.
The Hope Center for Autism
The Hope Center for Autism is a public charter school that teaches prekindergarten through second grade and empowers children with autism. The center’s curriculum incorporates applied behavior-analysis techniques and low staff-to-student ratios to ensure each student receives a comprehensive education. Children also undergo anywhere from 2 to 30 hours of therapy every week in a one-on-one setting, with each session tailored to their individual needs and goals.
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