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  • $430 goal

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Ms. Mimi
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Communication Role Model

Help me give my students the best model for language, a teacher using the same iPad apps they use to communicate.

My Students

My students are young men on the autism spectrum with significant communication and intellectual disabilities, and often additional diagnoses like Down Syndrome.

None of these young men have verbal speech, and rely on sign language and picture symbols to communicate.

They are learning to use iPad programs to communicate with the world around them.

They are a spirited bunch, each with a unique perspective on the world. Like neurotypical adolescents, they like to shoot baskets and play guitar. They like going out in the community for job exploration and training, but especially going out to eat.

My Project

A typical lesson might start with my using my device to ask a question, “what day is it today?” by touching the buttons. The student would answer using their own device (their “voice”), “today is Monday.” I am preparing these young men to go out into the world, to get jobs, live as independently as they can, and to enjoy social and recreational activities in the community. They need a lot more functional communication skills to be successful in these endeavors.

Research shows that students learning to use Augmentative Communication do best when they see the teacher model the same.

My students have their own devices to talk, now I need one to be able to model for them.

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple - iPad (Latest Model) with Wi-Fi - 32GB - Space Gray • Best Buy Education $329.99 1 $329.99

Materials cost

$329.99

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.95

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$364.94

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$64.40

Total project goal

$429.34

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$429.34

3 Donors

-$282.00

Donations toward project cost

-$245.70

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.30

match offer

-$140.29

Match offer toward project cost

-$119.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$21.04

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 6 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 3 other donors.

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