Susan H. Roschke of the ldren’s Home of Cincinnati is trying to provide quality education to children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum. She is raising money on DepositAGift. Recently, I caught up with Susan to learn more about their effort; here’s what she told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
We are raising funds to support the new Autism High School of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum often have difficulty succeeding in traditional schools. This specialized school blends academic content with therapies and support to allow these teens to get the most out of their education, as well as learn social coping skills and job readiness. Funds will help students in financial need attend, will allow for field trips to improve socialization and job readiness, and will provide for supplies needed for life skills programs.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
We have raised $810 so far, not including the donated space for our January event. We hope to raise $10,000 to provide a meaningful level of support for the Autism High School. All funds will go to the Autism High School for scholarships for students in financial need, for field trips to improve job readiness and socialization, and for supplies for life skills programs at the school (e.g., cooking and nutrition, hygiene, laundry, etc.)
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
We are raising funds to support the Autism High School of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Teens with autism and related disorders often struggle in traditional school settings, due to distractions and frustration. With their additional needs, it costs about $8,000 more per year to educate a child with an autism spectrum disorder. This new high school has been around for just 4 years, and the principal expects they could easily double the number of students in the next few years if they have the funds to grow. Kids with autism spectrum disorders are often very bright, but just need some extra attention and understanding to succeed in school. My niece and nephew are both on the autism spectrum, and the child of another family helping with the fundraising is also, so the cause is especially important to us.