Kiwanis Club donates iPad to YES student

Owen Horton with members of the Madison East Kiwanis Club

Owen Horton with members of the Madison East Kiwanis Club

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Marcine Yankee, 3rd grade teacher at YES; Morgan Schuchardt, Speech & Language Pathologist; Owen’s father Matthew Owen, and Owen Horton.

The Madison East Kiwanis Club has donated an iPad to a student at Yahara Elementary School as part of their Autism Spectrum iPad and App Grant Project. Several Madison East Kiwanis Club members joined Yahara staff on Monday, November 18 to present 3rd grade student Owen Horton and his family with an iPad.  It came with a protective case, a stand, and a $50 iTunes card for ordering Autism software Apps.  This is the third such gift that the Club has given to DeForest Area School District children this school year.

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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