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Foundation grant will buy iPads for Adams School autism program

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  April 18, 2013 06:00 PM

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Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com

Samuel Adams Elementary School in East Boston.

A charitable foundation established by lawyers at a downtown firm has awarded an East Boston public school with a grant to provide iPads to students with autism.

The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a non-profit grant-maker created by attorneys from Brown Rudnick LLP, awarded a grant to the Samuel Adams Elementary School to allow it to purchase four iPads and related accessories for use in its autism strand.

The grant applicant, Autism Strand Specialist Michelle Lamacchia, said in a statement that the Adams School has three specialized classrooms for students with autism, each with only one iPad, currently used for instruction.

“The additional iPads will enable our students to spend more time engaged in lessons specific to their learning needs,” Lamacchia said in the statement. “We thank the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation for their support.”

Al Wallis, executive director of the foundation, said technology can be an important tool in special education.

“Technology-based education is used progressively in special education situations to increase the level of student engagement and help them achieve individualized learning goals,” Wallis said in the statement. “We are delighted to support these education programs.”

The foundation was formed to support inner-city educators who often lack a voice in funding decisions at their schools. Each month, it awards grants to small-scale projects expected to show results in a short time frame. Its grants support schools in cities where it has offices, including Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York City, Washington D.C., and London, England.

For more information about the grant program, visit www.brownrudnickcenter.com/foundation/community-grant.

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