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Welcome to My Teaming for Technology Fundraising Page!

Hello and thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this,

     If you know me, you already know that my son Michael attends Kennedy Krieger School: Fairmount Campus.  You also know that since he was 3, Michael has communicated by typing on text-to-speech communication devices.  As a mother of a child who relies on text to speech technology to express his wants, needs, thoughts and ideas (and who also happens to be the most awesome and amazing kid ever) and as a Speech-Language Pathologist; this cause is near and dear to my heart.  iPads can be extrordinairly powerful therapeutic learning tools for individuals with Autism and other disabilities.  In addition they can give individuals a voice and a modality to express themselves via apps that range from basic picture based communication systems all the way to text to speech output.

     It is my firm belief that it is every individual's basic human right to be able to communicate and, that every individual can communicate if given proper supports, direct intervention and an appropriate modality.

     If you can, please help.  We have been fortunate enough to be able to provide an iPad with Assistive Chat (a text to speech app) for Michael, other children are not as fortunate and are in need. 

     If you'd like to see Michael using an iPad (he's the handsome guy in the khaki pants and red shirt in the video typing on an iPad), click on the 'Home" button above and then click to play the video at the top of the page.
     To support the children at Kennedy Krieger School, just click on the Donate Now button to the right - any and all donation amounts are appreciated!!!                                                                                                          Jennifer Meade  :-)   

Deepest gratitude and sincere thanks to:

Mom and Dad - love you!

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Staff, parents, and friends of the school are coming together in the Teaming for Technology campaign to help provide the students at Fairmount with the best technology possible. The campaign hopes to raise enough funds by June 14th to purchase 20 iPad packages (including iPads, cases, warranties, and app packs), as well as a charging cart to secure and charge the iPads. 


Why iPads?


iPads are a great learning tool for children with disabilities. The technology allows students to receive and express information in ways that are unique to them, helping them to unlock their potential. A recent study completed at the school showed that the use of iPads increased students? level of independence and speed at which they completed assignments compared to traditional instructional methods.


"I think iPads are great because they helped me in my learning. I practiced my math skills on my iPad. I used Stack the Countries to test my knowledge about the world." 
--
Matt, student at Fairmount


About Kennedy Krieger's Fairmount Campus


This program provides special education and related services to students kindergarten through Grade 8. Evidence-based instructional practices are implemented in an intensive, highly supportive environment that maintains a low student/teacher ratio which addresses the unique, educational and therapeutic needs of each child. Classroom teachers and related service providers work together in a highly coordinated fashion to maximize the educational benefits for students.


About Kennedy Krieger Institute


An internationally recognized institution, Kennedy Krieger provides research, treatment, education and community programs for more than 19,000 children annually. We believe that early identification, intervention, and treatment of disabilities are key to maximizing potential and preventing major problems throughout a child?s life. We are dedicated to understanding, unlocking, and overcoming the problems and injuries that affect a child?s developing brain and nervous system