Orange Effect Foundation Awards $50,000 To Kids In Need
OEF empowers children and young adults with speech disorders to communicate directly. The foundation understands that intensive, individualized treatment can help lessen the disabling isolation that may result from communication disabilities. OEF grant recipients, many on the autism spectrum and others diagnosed with apraxia, have been able to go to speech camps, receive individual speech therapy sessions, and receive complex technology that changes their lives for the better.
Executive Director Pam Pulizzi says that parents tell her that OEF grants are game changers for their children. "One parent told us that their OEF grant will open up a whole new world for their daughter. Another said she and her son's therapist cried 'big, happy tears' when they learned he had received funds to purchase a speech generating device."
OEF awards quarterly grants through a comprehensive application and review process. All applicants must demonstrate medical and financial need. Program Manager Maureen Stanton explains that, "OEF grants are designed to help those without any other source of funding." For this reason, parents of applicants are asked to share their story and explain why a grant is medically and financially needed."
OEF does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, or sexual orientation. Although grants are awarded based on financial need, the foundation does consider extenuating circumstances. In all cases, OEF prefers to be the funder of last resort, relying on corporate, community, and individual support to raise funds.
The next grant application deadline is May 15, 2019. For more information and to obtain a copy of the grant application visit theorangeeffect.org.
About the Orange Effect Foundation
The Orange Effect Foundation (http://theorangeeffect.org/)
In 2007, Golf for Autism was started, in time raising over $130,000 for autism and speech therapy services. This year's event will be held on August 5, 2019, at Elyria Country Club. For more information, please contact www.theorangeeffect.org.
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