EarthLink Supports Color of Autism Foundation's iPad® Grant Program|
ATLANTA, GA — October 24, 2012 — EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) a leading IT and communications provider headquartered in Atlanta, today announced that seven families in the Atlanta metro area are recipients of the Color of Autism Foundation's Apple iPad® grant program funded by EarthLink. The Color of Autism's iPad grant program was specifically created to present iPads and the Autismate educational application package to lower-income families with a child diagnosed with autism. To receive an iPad, families undertook a rigorous application and screening process that included school, family and therapist input. EarthLink funded this program as part of its H.A.L.O. initiative (Helps, Acts, Links and Outreach) supporting technology in education.
Hailed as a breakthrough in assisting with cognitive, developmental and social skills, the iPad's portability, innovation and interactivity make it and other tablet devices a revolutionary tool in augmentative communication for both verbal and non-verbal people with autism. Teachers, therapists and caregivers have praised the technology and its ever-expanding library of applications. Educational applications for those on the spectrum are affordable and easy to download, making it simple to create a program tailored to meet specific needs.
"Children and families living with autism in underserved communities often go without therapies, auditory devices and support," said Camille Proctor, Founder and Director of The Color of Autism Foundation. "We are grateful to EarthLink for their financial support which allowed us to purchase iPads to help enable non-verbal and minimally verbal children to flourish and lessen their communication frustrations."
Of his three and a half year old son William's use of their new iPad, father Brent Coleman wrote, "William is doing very well and is learning how to use the iPad to communicate with us. We've also downloaded other educational programs that he enjoys. This has made a big difference in his behavior and we are grateful!" And mother Sharon Chin shared of her son, "Travis is not the same boy. The iPad has helped him grow. While we still have our bad days, the iPad has given us many good ones. He's using the programs and he's learning!"
The Color of Autism is still accepting application for its iPad grant program. Visit http://www.thecolorofautism.org for more information.
"Because of EarthLink's technology focus as a company, it's a natural fit for us to support non-profit organizations in our communities that leverage technology to help those in need," said Mae Squier-Dow, President of Sales at EarthLink. "The Color of Autism Foundation gives disadvantaged children a voice that they may not otherwise have. On behalf of our 250 Atlanta-based employees, we salute their efforts to better the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum."
About the Color of Autism Foundation
Founded in March 2009, The Color of Autism Foundation is a non-profit (501 c3) organization committed to educating and assisting African-American families with autistic children. Autism affects children of every race, ethnic group and socioeconomic status. African-American children frequently are confronted with late diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Their goal is to raise public awareness about autism spectrum disorders, empower families and lessen their isolation. The Color of Autism is dedicated to ensuring that all people with autism receive appropriate, effective services to maximize their growth potential and to enhance the general public's awareness of autism. Visit www.thecolorofautism.org for more information.
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business™ provides voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website www.earthlink.net.