Today is #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday following Black Friday. Rather than beating a hasty path through busy mall isles, perhaps you might consider making the world a better place. This year Autism Toolbox has teamed up with Deposit a Gift to collect enough funds for the purpose of hiring help and getting the Assessment Tool completed. Each $1 donation pays for one assessment item. Donations are tax deductible for the 2015 tax year (check with your accountant) and you will be left with a warm fuzzy feeling that you helped a child reach his or her potential.
A great holiday season and cheer to you and your loved ones! In this season of giving, we would like to bring you up-to-date on the two large projects underway by Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon (POAC of Oregon).
We wish you and your loved ones great health and happiness! In this season of giving, we would like to bring you up-to-date on the two large projects underway by Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon (POAC of Oregon):
The POAC Math Fact iPad application was field tested at an Oregon high school special education classroom from February 2nd, 2013 until June 11th, 2013. Field testing is the test of performance under the conditions under which it will actually be used. Seven students participated. Three students were 15 years old, two students were 16, one student was 17, and one student was 18. Students participated three days a week during their normal class time. All participants took part in the multiplication math fact sets.
OK, so you are interested in the 3 iPads and the math fact fluency building application. You fit the description needed by POAC (see http://www.poac-or.org/stories/looking_classroom_test_math_fact). There are several teachers in Corvallis interested so I will need to pick one classroom (I wish I could pick them all). I only have 3 ipads (unless 3 teachers think one iPad can serve their students).
Are you in Corvallis?
Are you a 3rd-7th grade teacher?
Do you have at least 10 students that need to be fluent in math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)?
Do you have desks with room to store 3 iPads near an electrical outlet?
Are you willing to allow data to be used for research?
Do you have $0 to spend?
Do you have less than 10 minutes to spend on math facts per day?
Can you make time to run this program daily for at least 2 months?
Can each student use this application for 3 minute every day?
This holiday season finds Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon (POAC of Oregon) starting two large projects. The first is a collaborative website for creating and field testing curriculum(1). The site is ready for the assessment tool we are in the midst of developing. The second is an iPad math fact app which is ready to be tested in the classroom(2). This App was overhauled by a very talented programmer, Chris Vanderschuere, at no cost to POAC of Oregon!
For 2013, we need your help to continue this work. With your donations we can:
This holiday season finds Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon (POAC of Oregon) in good spirits. We have managed to update our Parent Handbook (1), create an initial few lessons for parents of newly diagnosed young children (2), and design and create an Apple iPad Application to teach math facts to struggling students (3).
For 2012, we need your help to continue this work. With your donations we can:
1. Continue developing free online training materials (2)
For the past 6 years since the inception of POAC of Oregon, we've been running the nonprofit from past experience and sheer gumption. Recently, I've discovered some help from organizations that help nonprofits: Financial Stewardship Resources, Ford Family Foundation, and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.
Another year of school cuts have made services for children with autism particularly difficult. Classrooms are getting bigger. Early intervention services are being cut back. Schools are doing more with less.
Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon (POAC of Oregon) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps educate parents and teachers that work with children with autism. We identify research-based best practices in teaching so children with autism may lead a productive and fulfilled life.
This year will be particularly hard for parents and educators of children with autism. In Oregon, funding has been cut for direct services to children and teacher training is almost non existent. Children who used to get 6 to 8 hours of teaching a week are now down to 2 hours a week, hardly a drop in the bucket. Teachers are often expected to pay for other own trainings now.
Scholarship for Association for Direct Instruction Conference
POAC of Oregon's mission is to educate the community on effective autism treatment. One way of doing this is to create a pool of qualified individuals to conduct trainings, consultation and assessments. We feel there is a tremendous need in the Oregon and SW Washington area and we are looking for an educational professional (preferably a public school special educator) who wants to further his or her contribution to the field of special education.