About the Allison Keller iPad Program:
Realizing the gains that many people with autism have achieved using the iPad, The Allison Keller iPad Program was created in honor of Flutie Foundation's Board member Kevin Lane Keller's daughter Allison to help fill the financial and technological gap for schools and organizations that assist individuals with autism. In 2012 the Flutie Foundation granted over $70,000 to 11 schools and organizations for programs specifically serving individuals with autism that have an established technology program in place utilizing the iPad, or have expressed an interest in starting a program using the iPad. In 2013 the program was expanded and funded 19 organizations for a total of over $103,000 in grants! These funds were used to purchase hardware, software and training for professionals and parents.
Applicants must show evidence of a current curriculum where the iPad is being used or outline their plan for instituting a program along with their plans for training staff on the use of the iPad and any supporting applications that will be used.
One school per public school district is eligible to be awarded an Allison Keller iPad grant annually.
The Allison Keller iPad Program is restricted to schools and organizations in New England, New York & New Jersey at this time.
Recipients of iPad technology through the Allison Keller iPad program will be required to complete an interim report 6 months after receipt of the product(s) and a final report 12 months after receipt outlining progress, challenges and overall success with the donated tablets. Report guidelines will be provided by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation along with the due dates for the reports. Failure to file a report may affect future consideration of grants from the Flutie Foundation.
How To Apply:
Please check back in the Fall of 2014 for our next Allison Keller iPad Program Grant Cycle
If you have questions regarding the Allison Keller iPad Program, or to receive an application for the program, please contact Chris Chirco at 1-866-3AUTISM or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Ali Keller
Allison Keller is a 17 year old sophomore at Hanover High School in Hanover, NH. Ali was diagnosed with autism at an early age when she exhibited a speech delay. Ali still faces many communication problems and generally uses 2-3 word sentences to express her wishes. She also has some sensory issues and has battled seizures after she reached her teenage years. Through it all, however, Ali has always been upbeat, patient, positive, and brave. She leads an active life and outside school is involved with horseback riding, swimming, bowling and taking long walks. A big breakthrough came when Ali was 12 and we discovered Facilitated Communication (FC) via the computer. The Kellers learned that underneath the cloud of autism, there was a bright girl with a great sense of humor who was developing in many ways like a normal teenager. The iPad has made facilitated communication that much easier in addition to offering many other benefits.
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