Hi Everyone - we are raising funds to give less fortunate families in York Region that have children with Autism/Add/Adhd/PDD an IPOD this Christmas.
Autism is a developmental brain disorder that, in some manner, plagues one out of every 110 children (according to the Centers for Disease Control).
ONE IN 65 SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN in York Region has a delay related to Autism.
Most children on the Autism Spectrum suffer from Dapraxia or dyspraxia which is what makes communication difficult. Apraxia means that although your brain can develop an intention of doing something, it is physically difficult to do it. You may want to speak but can't move your lips.
IPOD apps allow you to do a shortcut around the neuromotor problems getting in the way of communication. An IPOD can give a child with autism a voice they never had before.
IPODS can also teach proper bathroom habits, which most people take for granted: these are an important quality-of-life issue for many children with autism and their families. Research shows that some children with Autism can take up to 1 ½ YEARS to learn to toilet properly. Use of an IPOD can reduce this to mere weeks.
Some children have benefitted from task-to-task scheduling, others are working with communication software which translates selected pictures into spoken speech. There are also dozens of other programs that tell stories, work on vocabulary, teach numeracy and others which simply entertain.
In a nutshell, an IPOD can change an autistic child's life.
Please help us by donating whatever you can... every penny counts.
All funds will be used to purchase IPODS, specialized cases and programs to assist these children with their learning.
Autism Unplugged (Formerly YRPDAC)
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"What the iPad has done has given her a sense of control that she never had before," Siddiqui said. "She knows when you touch it, something is supposed to happen. She knows she doesn't need to cry, she needs to point."
Want to know more? Click here: http://www.autismhandbook.org/images/4/41/IPodTouch.pdf
§ CNN - iPad gives voice to kids with autism
§ Fox News "“ Is the iPad a "˜Miracle Device' for autism?
§ BBC News "“ "Are apps the key to revolutionising autism learning?"
§ CBS 60 Minutes "“ Apps for Autism
§ The New York Times - Finding Good Apps for Children With Autism
§ CBC News "“ iPad helps Toronto special needs kids learn
§ The Journal "“ Apps fo
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