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N&N: Monarch receives grants for adaptive technology to help improve the lives of people with disabilities

Stock-young man using iPad-webMonarch receives grants for adaptive technology to help improve the lives of people with disabilities

Monarch recently received two grants that will fund important technology initiatives. The Board of Directors of the Outer Banks Community Foundation recently awarded Monarch’s Beach Club of Dare a $3,000 grant that will be used for adaptive technology including several iPads.
Monarch was also awarded a $2,500 from the Richard Chapman Cleve Fund granted by the Craven County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the N.C. Community Foundation, for its adaptive and interactive technology program.
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will use this technology for rehabilitation, to assist with more effective communication and for everyday use. People supported by Monarch with limited mobility will gain confidence when they are able to use devices with simple touch screen features to solve puzzles they would not have been able to solve before because of unsteady hands.

Similarly, adults with disabilities will now have the potential to gain more independence and foster a secure living environment with the use of iPads, which will allow them to set simple reminders such as locking the door, turning off the oven or taking a medication.

“Technology empowers people and gives a new sense of independence and confidence,” explained Blake Martin, chief development officer at Monarch. “Our goal is to provide the people we support with the most recent technology to enhance their lives as well as to improve our ability to provide services and treatment.”
Monarch’s highly-trained clinicians and technology staff have researched the latest technological trends that will better assist and help improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Monarch’s Beach Club will soon receive new devices and software apps within the month.
About the Outer Banks Community Foundation
The Outer Banks Community Foundation was organized in 1982 as a public charity to meet local needs in the Outer Banks area not ordinarily within the province of other charitable organizations, religious institutions, or government. The Foundation Board of Directors, composed of leading citizens who serve without compensation, administers all the funds of the Foundation and approves all grants. 
About the Craven County Community Foundation
The Craven Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, was established to serve local nonprofit organizations, donors and charitable causes. The mission of the Craven County Community Foundation is to enable people of all means interested in the future of the county to make significant and lasting gifts for the benefit of the community.


About Monarch
Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit

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