Cleveland Storyteller events have raised over $50,000 for individuals with autism. The funds have provided more than 250 iPads and funding to 10 Cleveland area nonprofits through our Willoughby Rotary Autism Program. This help struck home at a recent event where I heard one of our recipients “speak.”
This young woman’s autism prevents her from speaking. Jordan was the recipient of the first iPad we provided, and she delivered an amazing speech using her iPad. She spoke with perfect clarity as she shared the story of her frustration from not being able to communicate with others including her parents. Without the iPad she was isolated and suffered from extreme temper tantrums. She knew she was capable but unable to express herself to others.
The iPad changed her life and Jordan is looking forward to going to college.
I’ve been privileged to share interesting and fascinating stories of Cleveland with more than 40,000 people during 600+ presentations and dozens of fundraisers. But hearing the impact of these efforts on one young woman is especially rewarding.
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