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Mrs. Marshall from Erie PA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

iPad for Children with Autism

My students need an iPad to help meet the diverse needs of classroom, ranging from academics to basic communication.

  • $707 goal

This project expired on May 21, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Can you imagine what it would be like to try and communicate with others without the use of your words? The iPad's touchscreen and easy portability has helped children with autism to have a voice for the first time.

I have 8 students in my classroom, ranging from Kindergarten to 4th grade.

Each child is unique and adds something special to our classroom family. My students are highly motivated by technology. They love to play games on the computer, but often require assistance because they do not possess the fine motor capabilities to move the mouse. They also love to dance. One of their favorite activities is to play the XBox "Just Dance". Academically, I have a very diverse group of students. Some students are just beginning to learn their alphabet, while others are beginning to read sight words. Some of my most challenging students are working on skills such sorting, matching, and coloring. We also focus a large part of our day on life skills. We work with the students on using the bathroom, brushing their teeth, and other daily hygiene routines. The students spend most of their day in my classroom with opportunities for inclusion for lunch, recess, and specials.

My Project

Having a iPad to use in our classroom will help to meet the needs of all the students in my classroom. I plan on using the iPad as a communication device for my nonverbal students, as well as a way to help reinforce skills with my other students. I will use the app Autismate, to do this. This app features a scene approach to communication. It also integrates video modeling and visual supports. Specially, I will be able to take a real life picture of my classroom, so students can request certain objects when tapping on the items. I can also add video when a child taps on a particular picture, like the sink, to show how to wash their hands. Since generalization of skills is difficult for children with autism, this contextual way of learning will help students transfer skills to the actual classroom.

Your donation will help children who otherwise would not have a voice be able to share their voice with the world.

Being able to watch a student use the iPad to speak their first words is incredible.

Mrs. Marshall
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 8 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple - iPad with Retina display Wi-Fi - 16GB - Black • Best Buy $499.99 1 $499.99
Apple - Smart Case for Apple iPad 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-Generation - Green • Best Buy $49.99 1 $49.99

Materials cost

$549.98

Vendor shipping charges

$12.00

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.25

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$600.23

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$105.92

Total project goal

$706.15

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$706.15

6 Donors

-$203.07

Donations toward project cost

-$172.61

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.46

Matching donations from our partners

-$503.08

Match offers toward project cost

-$427.62

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$75.46

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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