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Project Mariposa :: 100 iPads Granted. 100 Lives Changed. 100 More in 2013

January 11, 2013 by Victoria Strong
Project Mariposa :: 100 iPads Granted. 100 Lives Changed. 100 More in 2013

We started Project Mariposa one year ago with the simple mission: to make the world more accessible to those with severe disabilities through targeted technology product grants. With YOUR help, we've done that! Because of your support, we've granted 100 iPads and 100 lives have truly been made easier. And so, today we are announcing theGSF will grant at least 100 more iPads in 2013!

For many of us, the iPad is a nice to have luxury item. But for those with disabilities, it is freedom and independence and provides access to basic abilities many take for granted.

What the iPad has been able to do for each Project Mariposa grantee varies. Spinal Muscular Atrophy has different levels of severity and each person has their own unique passions they long to foster. For some the iPad made activities that were previously out of reach possible for the first time in their lives allowing recipients to write, to draw, to play an instrument, to express oneself, and for some, to literally speak. For others it has restored abilities lost to the degeneration of this awful disease allowing grantees to paint again or to turn the pages of a book once more or to select their own clothing or to continue working when they are too fatigued to sit upright any longer. These are just a few of the incredible things our iPad grants have helped our grantees do, do once again, or do more easily.

Meet Annah. Annah is a creative and accomplished 16-year-old with SMA Type 1. She plans to go on to get a doctorate degree in psychiatry and currently has a full load of Advanced Placement courses and is already taking college classes in her spare time. With her iPad from the GSF, Annah can now do her homework without help! In fact, she recently used her iPad for a persuasive speech about SMA and GSF in one of her classes. Annah also uses her iPad to write stories and movies and to play the piano. And with the iPad always on her wheelchair tray, she can easily type out her thoughts any time someone has trouble understanding her. {WATCH Annah's iPad Story}

Meet Sophia. Sophia is 9 years old and has SMA Type 1. Since receiving her iPad, Sophia has started using eBooks which she can read with the flick of a finger. It has opened up some good quality time between she and her sister and they can interact together easily on it. Sophia also enjoys doing her math homework on her iPad much more. {WATCH Sophia's iPad Story}

These are just two of the amazing 100 Project Mariposa iPad grant recipients. Each week on theGSF Facebook fan page we have introduced you to truly remarkable individuals. People who embody the NEVER GIVE UP. spirit as they enthusiastically embrace life in spite of their challenges and struggles. Project Mariposa has given independence and allowed 100 vibrant motivated individuals to live a more full life today. So how can we stop now?

100 iPads in less than one year is amazing! This was all possible because of generous Project Mariposa Sponsors, individual fundraisers, and targeted donationsBut there are many others who still need our help. We still have hundreds of deserving open applications we hope to fulfill. And we are determined to grant at least 100 iPads again in 2013! 100 MORE worlds opened with technology!

We are actively seeking Project Mariposa Sponsors to help this important program continue to grow. Please contact us with any questions. Or to make a targeted donation, click HERE.

To learn more or to apply for Project Mariposa, visit ProjectMariposa.com. If you already applied in 2012 you do not need to reapply but be sure we have your current contact information. If circumstances have changed and you'd like to update your application, you can resubmit an application HERE.

Thank you for your support and helping to make Project Mariposa such a powerful program. YOU HAVE HELPED CHANGE LIVES. ONE iPAD AT A TIME!  

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