Raising Funds, Awareness & iPads for Autism

Weaving together his passion for Cleveland history, his mission to support the city, and Cleveland's reputation as one of the most charitable cities in the world, Cleveland Storyteller Dan Ruminski has created unique events that have raised vital awareness and funds for more than 20 local nonprofits since 2008.

The Legacy of Charity in Cleveland: Dan & the Willoughby Rotary Autism Project

Since 2011, Cleveland Storyteller events have raised more than $50,000 for individuals with autism, providing more than 250 iPads and vital funding to 10 Cleveland area organizations.

The W.R.A.P. Program

Following an October 2011 feature on CBS' 60 Minutes, Dan learned of the unique value of iPads in helping autistic children communicate. Shortly after, the Willoughby Rotary Chapter hosted a special guest speaker - a local physician who shared insight into the unique challenges autistic children face.

Dan teamed up with the Rotary to lend his talent as a Cleveland historian and professional storyteller to benefit area families. The first event raised $5,000, and the Willoughby Rotary Autism Project (W.R.A.P.) was born.

Why iPads

Research has shown that autistic children who have difficulty communicating can improve dramatically using iPads while eliminating much of the frustration they commonly experience. The touch screen and user interface make the iPad easier for individuals with coordination or learning difficulties to understand and use effectively.

What Started it All

Dan developed a true passion for those with autism when he was a Graduate student at John Carol. He was student teaching at and Borromeo Seminary when a staff member approached him with an opportunity to help develop a summer Day Camp program for autistic children and adults.

Although the six-week program was initially conceived as a respite for caregivers, Dan's education in physical fitness and philosophy gave him the vision to create something more. Collaborating with his team, Dan helped give campers experiences that would positively impact their lives, attitudes and level of independence. The camp sold out that first year, and was extended to an 8-week program the following summer.

Scheduling an Event

Contact us, and we'll help you create a special event or host a speaking engagement with Cleveland Storyteller that will benefit your organization and those you serve. Choose from one of nine presentations that share incredible true tales of Cleveland that you'll never find in a history book. Your guests will be entertained, enlightened, and inspired, and full of civic pride. Contact us at 440-376-6486 for more information or to book an event, or book online below:

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