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Your Dollars @ Work: Technology Helps Teen Club Connect Online!

A 2012 Chapter Grant to Pasadena Child Development Associates provided the funding to purchase iPads that their Teen Club could use to develop and maintain a website and Facebook page!

This website is focused on sharing information and learning experiences with other teens and young adults who may be struggling with similar developmental challenges.

Teen Club is a socialization training program for teens, 13-17 years of age, with mild to moderate social and communication challenges to help build friendships, self-confidence, and independence in the community. It is often easier for those with autism to communicate online so this grant provided an exciting opportunity for the Teen Club to be able to do that in two ways: their very own website and Facebook page!

The website is divided into categories such as socialization, community service, vocational services and discussion topics. On the home page, teens are able to directly post pictures from recent events as well as information on upcoming events. Each month, Teen Club Facilitators will be able to post relevant questions and topics onto the discussion board for teens to respond and engage in an online conversation that they may not otherwise be able to engage in.

Autism Speaks asked the members of the teen club "How have you benefited from using the iPads for teen club?" The exciting feedback we got is below!

"It helps make the greatest memories with our friends." 

"The iPad has to be the final frontier of cutting edge technology! Did I mention I developed strong phalanges after using the touch screen? My hand eye coordination has risen through the roof... Shockingly off the charts!" 

"Now we can know or discuss things through Facebook. It's smart and tells you everything." 

"It is great, hand-on experience for us, and we can feel comfortable using it." 

"I liked learning about word press and using the iPads to research ideas." 

"It's very fun and it makes our job a lot easier to go on the internet."

The goal of the Teen Club is to eventually open the discussion board and Facebook page to a public forum in order to hear from other teens who may want to share similar experiences or questions!

Your Dollars @ Work is a blog series highlighting the important work of past recipients of Autism Speaks grants. to give you a glimpse into how your donations are changing lives of so many in the autism community! Check out previous entries here.

Learn more about Autism Speaks Family Services Grant programs here.

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