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  • 1. Adaptive Technology Lekotek of Georgia Making a difference for children with disabilities…
  • 2. Description of Agency
    • Imagine you want to play a board game but cannot see the board or pieces.
    • Imagine you want to email a friend or play a computer game but your hands are ‘fisted’ and you cannot type.
    • With adapted toys, educational materials and computer equipment, Lekotek of Georgia makes it possible
    • for every child to play and learn along the way
  • 3. Description of Agency
    • Lekotek’s mission is to include children with disabilities into their families, schools and communities.
    • Lekotek is making a difference for children with autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hearing and/or visual impairments, genetic disorders, developmental delays and chronic and sometimes terminal illnesses.
  • 4. Description of Agency
    • With an expert staff using adapted toys and computer equipment, every child is a “player”, participating and experiencing success .
    • Lekotek helps parents focus on abilities rather than disabilities.
    • Lekotek provides community resources to parents, disability awareness to schools and develops innovative software and computer products.
  • 5. Lekotek Provides Low Tech and High Tech Solutions
    • Low tech solutions can be as simple as knobs on puzzles.
    • High tech solutions include adapted joysticks with guards that cost four to five hundred dollars.
  • 6. Description of Proposed Project
    • Charity funds will be used exclusively at the Alpharetta location to acquire needed toys and adaptive technology to support the program.
    • The Alpharetta location is in dire need of appropriate toys and computer equipment for children with disabilities.
  • 7. Project Costs and CG Grant Request
    • Fiscal Year 08/09 Budget
    • Personnel Expense 230,500
    • Operating Expense 110,000
    • Program Service Exp 114,500
    • Total Expense 455,000
    • Membership Dues 16,000
    • Fundraising/Contributions 400,500
    • Other 38,500
    • Total Income 455,000
  • 8. Project Costs and CG Grant Request
    • Communication Devices 800
    • Inventory of Adapted Software 1,200
    • Touch Windows 750
    • Spec Buttons, Comp Activation 1,250
    • Head Movement, Comp Activation 1,000
    • Total CG Request 5,000
    • Appreciative CG Recipient in
    • 2001-$68,000 and 2003-$40,000
  • 9. Agency Strengths
    • Imparts a ‘can-do’ attitude for children that largely are met with so many ‘can-nots’.
    • Lekotek does not employ secretarial staff or fundraising personnel.
    • The most recent 990 shows 93% of every dollar is allocated to direct services.
    • Only 7% is allocated for administrative and fundraising expenses.
  • 10. Agency Challenges
    • The site was initiated by a grant from the Charity Guild.
    • Lekotek needs our help as the demand for these specialized services increase.

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