An Ilkeston based charity have donated iPads to children with autism in two schools.
John Daly, founder of Awareness for Autism, made the decision to fundraise for the iPads after seeing the impact the technology had on his own son, Toby, who suffers from autism.
After hosting a charity football match on May 9, the charity made enough money to buy and donate the tablets.
Pupils from Mapperley primary school and St. Thomas Catholic school were given the iPads by John and a team of volunteers.
John said: “We are all really delighted to be able to start helping autistic youngsters in school by providing them with iPads. Many people see them as luxury items, but for a child with autism it is an essential item which enables them to progress and learn at their own pace with the right educational apps installed onto them.”
The charity visited seven year old Cameron Paylor at Mapperley school to donate an iPad to him.
His mum, Lisa, said: “ We are so thankful for Cameron’s iPad. It will help keep him calm when he is working in school, and we think this is an amazing thing the charity is doing to help children with autism.”
Richard Cripps head teacher at Mapperley school, was grateful for the donation.
The charity also paid a visit to teaching assistants at St. Thomas school to donate an iPad for a boy in their class.
Head teacher Mr Gerraty, said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation, and we will be downloading the appropriate educational apps to ensure the tablet is used to help our pupil with autism.”
The charity are now looking forward to another fundraising night to be held on June 27 at the Brewery Tap in Ilkeston, where they hope to raise even more money by hosting sponsored head ‘shaves, and chest and leg waxes.
More information can be found at awarenessforautism.co.uk