Kiwanis Club donates iPads

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John Russell watches as Evan Savage learns how to use his new iPad.

 The Madison East Kiwanis Club has donated iPads to two local elementary students as part of their Autism Spectrum iPad and App Grant Project. Several Madison East Kiwanis Club members joined DASD staff on Monday, September 19 to present two children and their families with an iPad. Each came with a protective case, a stand, and a $50 iTunes card for ordering Autism software Apps.  One of the iPads was given by Bill Allen in memory of his wife, Louise. Bill is the incoming 2013-14 President of the Madison East Club. The other iPad was given by Diana and John Russell. John is a former Madison East Kiwanis President.

The project was started by the 2012-13 Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Kiwanis Governor Lynn Messer. The Kiwanis Club of Madison East has partnered with Messer’s Club to raise $500,000 to provide at least 1,000 children on the Autism Spectrum with iPads, protective cases, and Autism software Apps.

There are only two requirements for children to receive an iPad through the ASD Project, which is funded by the Kiwanis Foundation.  Students must have a medical diagnosis of autism and qualify for free and reduced lunch.  ASD is a lifelong disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 88 children in the US have autism in some form.

Each iPad costs $500, including the case, stand and iTunes card.  The Madison East Kiwanis Club is accepting donations for the Autism Spectrum iPad and App Grant Project.  All donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made to “The Madison East Kiwanis Foundation” and mailed to Larry Ryan, 5622 Irongate Drive, Madison, WI 53716.  Questions may be directed to Karen Bailey at 608-837-3874.  More information can be found at http://www.kiwanisautism-project.org.

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