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February 2017 Entry

Toys AUcross America iPAd Initiative

Michael Miller
Melrose · Massachusetts
Overview
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

The Toys AUcross America iPad Initiative will provide iPads to autistic children in the United States and Abroad. To some children and adults and iPad is a luxury; for games, social media and browsing the internet but to autistic children an iPad can be their voice, giving them the ability to communicate with the world around them. Through speech therapy and text to talk Apps an iPad can be a life changing device.

How will you use the $10k?

All funds will be used to purchase iPad minis. The current Amazon price range is from $250-$265, cheaper than Apple directly, for the iPad mini 2. The iPad mini is essentially the same as a full size and this way we get more "Bang for the dollar". So roughly 24 iPad mini will be purchased and ivied out to autistic children though a selection process based on the verbal needs and income of the family. We would like to do 12 US and 12 Abroad. 4 a month for six months giving us each onto for a vetting process. We have contacts all across the US and in different regions throughout the world specifically in Europe, Africa and Asia.

What impact do you hope to make?

Some children in the autism community are non-verbal, this does not mean they can not "speak" it means they can not process their thoughts into words and or sentences. The ability to mimic or "Echolalia" is also common. It is a known fact throughout the autism community that tablets specifically iPads through their Apps have a profound positive influence on helping children "Get their voice'. Every child deserves a voice, and every parent deserves to hear it. A common wish by autism parents is just to hear their child say "I Love you", let's make that wish come true!

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April first, the beginning of Autism Awareness month, continuing through September as children gear up for back to school.

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