Donated towards $750.00 Goal
July 12, 2018
We are 3 seniors at Darien High School and we’re crowdfunding a new iPad with software for STAR’s Birth To Three Early Intervention program for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
STAR was looking to purchase two iPads last fall, but could only afford one, so we’re raising money to purchase the second one for them!
iPads provide symbol-supported communication applications that give voices to children who cannot speak and provides critical learning benefits. Current research shows that early intervention services are most effective in the first three years due to increased plasticity of the brain. Potential benefits of an additional iPad include improved cause/effect skills, engaging kids who don’t engage, fostering non-verbal communication, teaching sign language, learning how to make choices, developing point and touch skills, matching skills, and improvements in communication vocabulary and speech.
STAR has three iPads that are shared by approximately ten therapists on a sign-out basis. STAR provides services to over 600 infants, children, and adults. More specifically, the Birth to Three Program supports approximately 60-80 children per month and over 200 children per year. About 74% of STAR’s clients are in the low/moderate income level.
It is critical that STAR therapists have access to iPads and communication software during client visits. An additional iPad will open new communication and learning opportunities for each child served by STAR; it will allow them to attain developmental milestones and require less special services as they enter traditional pre-school.
STAR has recently been impacted by reductions in state funding as well as a reorganization of Birth To Three services. STAR needs YOUR help to purchase a new iPad and allow the Birth to Three Program to make the biggest impact that it can on over 200 young children every year. Please help these children develop the skills they need to be successful and own the future that they deserve!
Cost to purchase one iPad for STAR’s Birth to Three Early Intervention program: $750
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