"Project Mariposa" is an initiative of the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (theGSF) with a simple mission: to make the world more accessible to those with severe disabilities through iPad technology grants. Mariposa is butterfly in Spanish -- theGSF's signature symbol -- and like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, Project Mariposa will help those with disabilities to spread their wings.
In 2012 theGSF implemented the first initiative in its Project Mariposa technology grant program -- granting 100 iPads in 50 weeks to those impacted by Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). 100 worlds were opened! These incredible devices, coupled with the growing application library that accompanies them, are literally life-changing in assisting with communication, education, and independence. The iPad is opening up new avenues that were previously impossible. It's large screen size, light weight, portability, and featherlight touch screen make access to education, entertainment, and independence possible and in some cases it is allowing children to communicate for the first time in their lives. Its impact is truly incredible. In fact, the New York Times wrote an article and produced this video about a 7-year-old boy with SMA and how the iPad has empowered him. Project Mariposa's goal is to provide that same life-changing positivity for a large number of people.
- WHAT >> Through Project Mariposa, theGSF has granted 250+ iPads. In addition to an iPad, each Project Mariposa grant recipient will receive a $50 gift card to the Apple iTunes store to begin building their app library and will receive a FREE download of theGSF's "Say Hi! AAC" communication app (launched in 2012).
- WHO >> Anyone with SMA. Adults, children, all types, siblings with SMA may both apply. Anyone with a rare disease in which communication and movement are the major challenge. Please note, this is not a "giveaway." Applicants are carefully chosen by theGSF Board based solely on information YOU provide. Please include information about how the applicant will benefit from an iPad, what you think they will be able to do that they can't do without it, and what they will enjoy. Financial hardship will also be taken into consideration. For official rules, see Project Mariposa Terms and Conditions.
- WHEN >> Applications are now being accepted. Applicants need only apply once. The first grant recipient was announced on Friday, February 3, 2012. Recipients will be emailed and then announced on theGSF Facebook Fan Page. Be sure to "Like" the page to meet each Project Mariposa grantee.
- HOW >> To apply, click on the green APPLY button on the left or click HERE.
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