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Dare County Schools EC Department Receives Grant from Outer Banks Community Foundation

Dare County Schools is pleased to announce it has received a $3,150 grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation. These funds will support the EC Department, more specifically, students with identified disabilities and communication difficulties. 

The goal of the project supported by this grant is to place devices that would assist in communication and learning into the hands of students with low-incidence disabilities.  Students with a low-incidence disability (significantly disabling condition with an expected incidence rate of 1% of the student population) such as those being targeted for this grant require highly specialized services, equipment and materials. The specific plan for the grant monies is to purchase Big Mack Switches for students whose physical limitations only allow for the pushing of a large button to communicate and 10 iPad devices with cases and Augmentative Communication (AAC) applications loaded. 

The Outer Banks Community Foundation was organized in 1982 as a public charity to help meet local needs in Dare County and across all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. The Community Foundation accomplishes its mission by increasing charitable giving in the area, by managing charitable funds for individuals and agencies, and by targeting grants toward the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. 
The grant is paid from the Pauline Wright Endowment for Dare County Individuals with Special Needs. The Pauline Wright Endowment funds educational, cultural, social, and developmental programs for people in Dare County with Down syndrome and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities.