Doug Flutie Foundation awards 13 iPads to Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center has received a grant for 13 iPads from the Doug Flutie Foundation’s Allison Keller iPad Program. This award provides the center’s PARTNERS program with essential enhancements that will benefit transitioning students with autism and special needs. PARTNERS (Providing Alternative Resources Through Natural Experiences and Rediscoveries for Students) has been in existence for nearly 25 years and is designed as an extension of the classroom.

This grant will support youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder within two areas of The Kennedy Center’s PARTNERS program. Specifically, the iPads will assist students ages 14 to 21 that transition into three autism-specific Community Experience programs.

“We are extremely grateful to the Doug Flutie Foundation’s Allison Keller iPad program for their major technological donation that will make a difference in the lives of our clients,” said Martin D. Schwartz, president and CEO of The Kennedy Center. “The iPads will be utilized by our staff to design youth programs and customize individualized plans and goals. These technological tools will be instrumental to us now and in the future.”

The PARTNERS program develops the skills of transitioning students to become contributing adults within their community. The program target areas include: work/vocational skills development, job training/coaching, independent living skills training, memory building, case management, social planning and support, and travel training. PARTNERS is primarily funded by area school systems, local school boards, private funding and the state. For more information,  call Fiona Jones, Supervisor of Career Development Services at