iPads at camp!
The Flying Point Foundation was the recipient of a grant to purchase iPads for use in our camp and respite programs. At camp the iPads will be used to help with communication with non-verbal campers, as well as in a specially designed technology session, in which campers will work on creating a video that will be presented at our family day at the end of camp. Various apps have also been purchased that are of particular help and interest to children with autism.
In addition, we've given three of those devices to children who can benefit from having use of an iPad in their daily life. We look forward to the exciting possibilities presented by this technology.
A real success story...
Brittany Flaherty of East Moriches is the winner of the very first $1,000 scholarship awarded by the FPF4A. It is given to a graduating senior with autism who will be attending college and Brittany is headed for Suffolk Community College this fall. The daughter of Antonia and Kevin Flaherty, Brittany hopes to be a museum curator. This is an amazing accomplishment for a young lady whose parents were told she'd never learn to read.
We were thrilled to present her with a check toward her studies and we have no doubt she will succeed given her extensive high school resume, which includes marching band, Key Club, junior prom committee, Rotary Interact, yearbook and so much more. Congrats Brittany from all of us at FPF4A!
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At the check presentation were WHB Schools Director of Guidance Robert Finn and PPS Director Mary Ann Ambrosini, Brittany, FPF4A President Kim Covell and board member Patty Tuzzolo.
Autism Awareness for the First Responder
Firefighter and paramedic Jason Dorval from the Autism Law Enforcement Coalition (ALEC), based in Massachusetts, presented a seminar sponsored by FPF4A, Southampton Hospital and Suffolk County Division of Emergency Medical Services on June 16 in Hampton Bays. About 40 EMTs and firefighters turned out for the three-hour presentation called Autism Awareness for First Responders. The program explained the special circumstances that might arise in an emergency involving an individual with autism and ways to respond. Dorval brought both his experience as a first responder, as well as being a father of a child with autism. First responders earned three-hours of non-core CME credit for attending the program. A light breakfast donated by Hampton Coffee Company was provided before the program.
Feedback from those attended impressed upon us the importance of doing the program again in the future.
Made Especially for the Flying Point Foundation for Autism
Jen Going Interiors, whose showroom is based in Westhampton Beach and a longtime supporter of FPF4A, has arranged with a local craftsman to make these custom interlocking puzzle tables/stools. Available in a choice of wood and custom finished, they are made to order and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the FPF4A. Email email@example.com for information on how to order.