The Kennedy Center in Trumbull has received a grant for 13 iPads from the Doug Flutie Foundation’s Allison Keller iPad program. This award provides the Center’s PARTNERS and Community Experience Programs 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 youth’s classroom. The Community Experience Programs will be utilizing the iPads to assist the young adults as they transition to their adult services program.

This grant will support youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) within two areas of The Kennedy Center’s program. Specifically, the iPads will assist younger students (ages 14-18) as well as older students (ages 19-21) that transition into three autism-specific Community Experience (CE) 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 Boards of Education, private funding, and the State of Connecticut. For more information, contact Fiona Jones, Supervisor of Career Development Services at fjones@kennedyctr.org.

The Community Experience Programs are day service options for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities from 21 years of age on. There is a school transition service that will utilize the iPads with the individuals as they adjust to their adult services. For more information, contact Barbara O’Reilly Anton, Supervisor Community Experience Programs at boreilly@kennedyctr.org

The Kennedy Center is a nationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,000 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 26 Community Experience Programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, and a variety of children’s programs. For more information, visit www.thekennedycenterinc.org.