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Project Touch

Autism Speaks National Capital Area is proud to team with a local teenager to bring the following innovative program to help needy children with autism.

Priya Krishnan, a high school junior from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, is coordinating Project Touch through the 501(c)3 non-profit foundation that she co-founded with her sister. Through the past four years, Priya worked very hard and has successfully raised money using various fundraisers for a cause that is really dear to her heart. Priya has an 8-year old cousin who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. Ever since Priya gave him an Apple iTouch for Christmas, he has shown great progress in learning with it. Motivated by his positive response to the iTouch, Priya has decided to help similar children who may not be able to afford an iTouch. As a first step, she wants to help 50 needy Virginia children with autism with a free Apple iTouch. Recipients will be selected on the basis of essays submitted to Priya and her student committee.

“Autism now affects approximately one percent of the global population, or 67 million people worldwide,” said Ann Gibbons, Executive Director of the National Capital Area Chapter of Autism Speaks. “Priya, who through her extraordinary efforts will make a difference today in the lives of 50 children, reminds all of our families that they are not alone in their struggle.”

On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world – including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada – will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2nd. “We’re aiming to light the world blue all throughout April – city by city, town by town – by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities,” Gibbons said. Project Touch will commemorate April, Autism Awareness Month, by presenting the iTouches to the selected children at an awards ceremony in April.

Selection Criteria: please clearly write, not exceeding one page, why your family/child/student should be awarded an Apple iTouch. While we do not require income information, please explain why your child/family is deserving of the award. The purpose of this project is to help children with autism whose families are not able to afford items such as Apple iTouch units. Please adhere to the one-page requirement, provide complete contact information, and list the name of the child and the school he or she attends. Recipients must be residents of Virginia. Send the completed write-up to the following address:

Project Touch
c/o Autism Speaks
1990 K Street, NW, 2nd Fl
Washington, DC 20006
mail, fax to 202.955.3115 or email to nationalcapitalarea@autismspeaks.org

Deadline: March 15, 2011.

  1. babe
    February 22, 2011 at 10:02 am | #1

    THIS IS GREAT!!! OUR SON W/ ASBERGERS IS DRAWN TO THE LAPTOP FOR ALL HIS LEARNING,(DIFFICULTIES W/ HOLDING PENCIALS)..HOWEVER THIS WOULD HELP BECAUSE OF VISION ISSUES HE COULD HOLD IT CLOSER TO HIS FACE…OPENS A NEW WORLD, THANK -YOU FOR YOUNG THINKERS

  2. Casey Collier
    February 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | #2

    Everybody check out this website. This is a non-profit, also in Virginia that aims to bring laptops, iphones and ipads to autistic children. This organization was started by Jasper Steed. Jasper has autism and did not get the services he needed as a child, so he is committed to making sure children have access. Go to the website and you can read Jasper’s amazing story, and see how much he has accomplished, and how his work is helping others.

    http://www.autismsmilesllc.org/

  3. MERLYN BENDER
    February 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm | #3

    My daughter is 17yrs old and non-verbal. This would help her out tremondously, I wish they had the offer in California. =(

  4. Cathy
    February 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm | #4

    Hello I have an eight year old son that has autism and he loves music, computers, games anything that doesnt require alot of social interactions. Do you know if they have any kind of project like this in Ohio? If not how would I go about starting a program similar to this one for children in Ohio? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Proud mommy of an autistic son

  5. Christopher Marsh
    July 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm | #5

    I heard about this in the corporate newsletter (Priya’s dad is the President of INDUS) and I shared Project Touch online with http://www.aspiesforfreedom.com. I have Asperger (which may run in my family) and seems to be responsible for my technology-friendly thinking. Before my computer programming (Web design) career my applied research career was no go. What a shame for everybody.

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