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2013 Holiday Donations for the Assessment & Curriculum Project
Dear Friends and Family,
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 first is a free assessment tool for children with autism. We have been working on this for 2 years and would like to wrap it up by finishing the tool and putting it on the website so people can download it, use it, and comment on it to make it better. In order to do this, we need just a little help. Currently we have 4000 assessment items that were created by a freelancer paid by generous donors just like you. We now need to combine and cull those assessment criteria down to about 500 to 1000. Your donation will help pay for this help. Although this isn’t a glamorous project, it is absolutely important that parents know where their children’s skill are currently, and what they need to teach. Eventually, these assessment items will be expanded to include how to teach the skills with video examples. Parents need help in understanding how to teach their children – even if it is to teach the child how to ask for water or ask a simple question like “where is my coat?” These children have so much potential; we just need to get the information out on how to unlock it!
The second project is an iPad math fact application (see http://poac-or.org/stories/math_fact) that was generously overhauled by a very talented programmer, Chris Vanderschuere, at no cost to POAC of Oregon! Chris donated over 130 hours of his time developing the math fact app and Tim Harris has continued the work by putting finishing touches on the application. So far we have field tested the application in two settings including a special education classroom at a high school. One of the participants was so excited she worked one evening until midnight getting those math facts mastered to the point of quick recall.
For 2013, we need your help to continue this work. With your donations we can:
1. Continue developing free online autism early learner assessment tools – we are on track to finish a working tool by the middle of 2014.
2. Place 3 iPads in a classroom for math fact continued development.
3. Purchase a Macbook for programming and maintenance on the math fact iPad app.
4. Begin developing free pre-school curriculum to help students with autism learn to talk, ask question, answer question, and interact with the world around them.
With Christmas around the corner, some families are looking at alternatives to gift giving. Why not suggest giving to a nonprofit? Any amount is helpful. All contributions tell the IRS, "Yes! POAC of Oregon should keep its nonprofit status because the public is willing to contribute to make free and effective teaching tools!"
So please join us in building the most progressive educational curriculum development and information center in the country. Your gift is about empowering parents and improving the lives of children with disabilities in Oregon.
Thank you for your support and generosity.
Parents of Autistic Children of Oregon, President
How do I donate?
1. Send a check payable to POAC of Oregon, 2913 NW Lincoln Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
2. Donate on our website at http://poac-or.org at the top right using a credit card or paypal