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Lekotek

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

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