Two philanthropic organizations are helping build connections for West Elementary School students with autism spectrum disorders.
West Elementary School recently received two grants to purchase iPads for its BRIDGE classrooms.
BRIDGE stands for Behavioral Research-based Instruction, Dynamic, Guided Education.
The Andover Service Club provided a grant for $1,800, and the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society awarded their Autism Grant for $3,500.
“Due to the support of both organizations, West Elementary will be able to purchase iPads for these classrooms,” reported West Elementary Principal Liz Roos. “The iPads will help not only the students with autism, but also their peers, families, specialists, and teachers to bridge the social and communication gaps afflicting this population. Since we have seen the significant gains for the students who have had the opportunity to use the iPad during the pilot, we know that these iPads will have a huge impact on the growth and education of these children.”