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This fundraiser ended on 11/21/11

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An ipad, with tax, protective case and apps that we need, totals around 800.00. This is what we are trying to raise on behalf of our class.

Qais is 12 years old, he has Autism. Qais was raised in Pakistan and moved to California in 2010. He had never been to school before, never held a pencil, never sat at a desk. In Pakistan there are no schools for children like him. After his father passed away, his older siblings who were already living in the USA, sent for him and his mother. They told their mom that their son can go to school here, and that's when he showed up in my class. Qais speaks a little. He is echolalic, which means he mostly repeats the words and phrases you say to him. In the past year he has learned at least 30 new English words, which is great, but I know he has a lot more to say. We have not had much success using the PECS (the recommended method) of communication (this is a sort of picture exchange system for talking), as he is not all that interested in attending to the pictures. But Qais loves computers! He loves touchscreens, I know we could learn so much more about him with the apps the ipad has to offer people with communication disabilities. Qais is only 1 of 10 students that I have. All of whom would benefit.
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