Road to Responsibility has received a $7,220 Allison Keller Education Technology Grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.
The funds will allow RTR to implement assistive technology in 10 of the organization’s residential programs to create a de-escalating/calming area for individuals with autism.
The calming areas will be outfitted with an Amazon Echo Show device as the main hub, which will provide auditory and visual calming. The device can also pair with Amazon Echo Buttons to custom record directives for non-verbal individuals. The calming areas funded through the grant will include Nanoleaf Light panels to offer a sensory friendly environment.
“We are grateful to the Flutie Foundation for this generous grant that will provide a relaxing and peaceful respite from some of the everyday stresses for clients with autism,” said Christopher T. White, Ed.D., president and CEO of Road to Responsibility.
“The Flutie Foundation Allison Keller Education Technology Grants help our partner agencies address a variety of significant needs in the autism community,” says Nick Savarese, executive director of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. “Programs like these are helping people with autism spectrum live life to the fullest and we are proud to support their efforts.”
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, based in Framingham, awards grants annually through a competitive application and review process. The Allison Keller Technology Education Grants that the Flutie Foundation distributed this year fill the financial gap in meeting technology needs of schools and organizations to help people and families with autism live life to the fullest.