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Apple iPad: Aid for autism

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Apple Patch is a non-profit organizition that helps individuals with developmental and intellectual disability. The Apple Patch organization helps individuals by supporting the individuals decisions on residency, employment, and recreational activities. Apple Patch also provides skills training for individuals with developmental and intellectual disability.

After the airing of a special segment on the television show "60 Minutes", about how touch screen electronics and computers help individuals with autism communicate, the Director of development and marketing decided to purchase two iPads for the Apple Patch organization.

The iPad has proven to be very helpful to help individual with intellectual disability communicate effectively. The iPad offers several applications that can be downloaded to help with differents needs. IPad applications help individuals with expression and communications. The applications offer visual and audio stimuli that aid in communication and expression. The iPads is a very portable, intuitive tool with many applications available for download that help with communication in different languages and expressions that are otherwise difficult for students to express.

The iPad's cost around $600 each including needed applications. The Apple Patch organization has purchase two iPads already and is in the process of purchasing an additional iPad.

If donations would like to be made to Apple Patch in the form of money, iPads, or iPods please contact Christine Vaughan, the annual giving manager, at (502) 657-0103 or send an email to cvaughan@applepatch.org.

Apple Patch's vision statement:

"To continue to advance the ideal that all person with intellectual and developmental disabilities be allowed the opportunity to personally succeed through the utilization of cutting edge support services that exceed industry standards."

Apple Patch's Mission:

"Apple Patch seeks to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an array of support services that assists each person in the achieving their highest potential and lead independent and productive lives."

For more information about Apple Patch please visit www.applepatch.org.

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