"My best me with the iPad is more near to me than me without the iPad."
-Allison Keller via her iPad speech application

 

About the Allison Keller Education Technology Program:

Realizing the gains that many people with autism have achieved using the iPad, the Allison Keller Education Technology Program was created in honor of Flutie Foundation Board Member Kevin Lane Keller's daughter Allison. The goal of the program is to help fill the financial and technological gap for schools and organizations that assist individuals with autism. Over the past four years, the Flutie Foundation has granted over $270,000 to 57 schools and organizations for programs specifically serving individuals with autism that have an established technology program in place or have expressed an interest in starting a program using the iPad or other technology tools.

Applications will be considered for any technology tools and/or training that improve learning outcomes or performance. Maximum request is $5,000.00.  Examples include but are not limited to:

Tablets & Accessories
Apps
Smartboards
Laptops
Technology Training

 

Applicants must show evidence of a current curriculum that is utilizing education technology or outline their plan for instituting a program and for training staff on appropriate use of the technology and associated apps. One program per public school district is eligible to be awarded an Allison Keller Education Technology grant annually.

 

CLICK HERE to see the 2015 Allison Keller Education Technology Program recipients!

Geographic Focus: Newly Expanded

  • Massachusetts
  • Other New England States including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Southern California including San Diego County, Los Angeles County and Orange County
  • Central Florida including Marion, Volusia, Sumter, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola & Brevard Counties
  • Select Canadian Cities including Toronto, Calgary & Vancouver 

 

How To Apply:

The application process is available online. Each organization seeking funding will need to sign up to create a new account regardless of applying in previous grant cycles. Once you have signed up, you can return to the application as necessary to complete the application prior to the deadline. Please note, the following are requirements and must be uploaded to your application:

  • Itemized budget for school/organization technology program. For public schools, this can be the budget for the specific autism program within the school system (include training, accessories & software expenses).
  • IRS 501 (c)(3) Tax Determination Letter. If N/A, please include Certificate of Exemption.
  • Most recent 990 Form
  • Recommendation letter

The 2016 application process closed on January 20, 2017 at 5:00PM

Reporting:

Grant recipients will be required to complete an interim report 6 months after being awarded the funding and a final report 12 months after receipt outlining progress, challenges and overall success. Report guidelines will be provided by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation along with the due dates for the reports. Failure to file a report may affect future consideration of grants from the Flutie Foundation.

Questions? 

If you have questions regarding the Allison Keller Education Technology Program please contact Lisa Collins at lcollins@flutiefoundation.org

About Ali Keller

Allison Keller is 21 years old and a graduate of Hanover High School in Hanover, NH. Ali was diagnosed with autism at an early age when she exhibited a speech delay. Ali still faces many communication problems and generally uses 2-3 word sentences to express her wishes. She also has some sensory issues and has battled seizures when she reached her teenage years. Through it all, however, Ali has always been upbeat, patient, positive, and brave. She leads an active life and outside school is involved with horseback riding, snowshoeing, swimming, bowling and taking long walks. An active participant in Special Olympics and Unified Track & Field, Ali also loves music and going to movies. A big breakthrough came when Ali was 12 and the Kellers discovered Facilitated Communication (FC) via the computer. They learned that underneath the cloud of autism, there was a bright girl with a great sense of humor who was developing in many ways like a normal teenager. The iPad has made facilitated communication that much easier in addition to offering many other benefits.