Monarch receives technology grant to help improve the lives of people with disabilities in Currituck
Monarch recently received a gift that will fund important technology initiatives for people with disabilities in the Outer Banks. The Board of Directors of the Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded Monarch’s Lighthouse Club of Currituck a $2,400 grant that will be used for adaptive technology including several iPads.
The funds were granted from the Foundation’s Pauline Wright Fund, which supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and Down syndrome.
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will use this technology for rehabilitation, recreation, to assist with more effective communication and for daily use. Participants of the Lighthouse Club of Currituck, a day program for adults with disabilities, will now have the potential to gain more independence and communicate more effectively with the use of new technology.
Monarch officials have seen people supported with limited mobility gain confidence when they are able to use devices with simple touch screen features that help to foster communication between individuals or programs to help solve puzzles they would not have been able to solve before because of unsteady hands. Similarly, the devices can help support more individuality with programs that help people 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 current technology to enhance their lives as well as to improve our ability to provide services and treatment. We appreciate the Foundation’s continued support to help us to positively impact and improve so many lives.”
The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded similar grants to Monarch in the past. Generous contributions have been made to support technology initiatives and sensory and adaptive equipment that have helped to enrich daily experiences for participants of Monarch’s Beach Club of Dare, a day program for people with disabilities in Dare County.
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 manages $12 million in 125 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 40 scholarships, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. The Foundation Board of Directors, composed of leading citizens who serve without compensation, administers all the funds of the Foundation and approves all grants.
Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse disorders. 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 www.MonarchNC.org.