|Project Touch, an initiative to assist financially needy autistic children|
Project Touch is an initiative I started primarily with a goal of applying technology to help people. Project Touch has the mission of providing meaningful technologies to families with autistic children who cannot afford them. As a student at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, I am a firm believer that technology should be applied to make everyday life easier. Based on my research and family experience, smartphone touch units enable autistic children and individuals enhance their everyday functionality. Autistic individuals react much better to touch devices than to other human beings because of the intuitive nature and predictability of these devices. Many special schools for autistic kids have developed their entire curriculum around these apps for itouch units. Reed’s Academy in Garfield, NJ, a school for autistic children has successfully adapted the itouch technology with all its student population and the students have benefitted on a daily basis in following schedules and so many other activities.
However, there are many families in the US, who cannot provide these itouch units to their autistic children because of their low income levels. Through Project Touch, I want to help at least some of these children. With all the innovative fundraisers, I have raised enough money to offer 50 free itouch units to financially needy families. I decided to partner with Autism Speaks in locating these families. Mrs. Ann Gibbons, Executive Director of Autism Speaks, DC greatly supported my initiative and launched a national blog on the Autism Speaks national web site, announcing Project Touch: http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2011/02/07/project-touch/ . Thanks to this initiative, we are able to touch at least a few autistic children’s lives in a positive way. We will gift these units to the selected 50 families in April 2011, being the Autism Awareness Month. I plan to coordiinate workshops and internet lessons for these families to understand how to use these apps.
National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed me and The Executive Director of Autism Speaks. Please click the link to listen to the interview:
With YOUR HELP Project Touch can go National. So many deserving autistic children in our country will thank you. Please feel free to donate any amount and mail to:
1390 Chain Bridge Rod
McLean, VA 22101
Please come back and check this web site for pictures of these children, their families and their success stories in using these itouch units.
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