Variety of Philadelphia

Mary Pat Radabaugh, Director of the IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities once said, “For Americans without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For Americans with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

“Direct Care for Kids,” is one of the many programs Variety of Philadelphia offers to children and youth living with physical and developmental disabilities to make things possible. Grants under these programs assists families obtain crucial medical equipment, devices and therapies that are not covered by insurance.

A generous grant from the Comcast Foundation enabled Variety of Philadelphia to partner with the Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities to grant tablet computers with a specialized application to children with special needs from low income families.

The tablets and application will help children improve their speech, sociability, sensory/cognitive awareness and overall behavior.

Variety partnered with Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities throughout the entire process, from creating the application to selecting the 20 individuals that best met grant-specific criteria and hosting the presentation. At the presentation each recipient was given their iPad, accessories and a $50 iTunes gift card. Representatives from Comcast and Variety interacted with the families prior to an iPad and application training session.

Variety Philadelphia is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, the Comcast Foundation, as well as the iPad recipients and their families, in order to continue making things possible for the children and families we serve.

Visit Website


Detroit Detroit
Variety of Detroit

Each December for the past 19 years, Variety the Children’s Charity of Detroit has presented more than 150 bicycles annually,…

Read More
National Capital Region National Capital Region
Variety of the National Capital Region

Due to pregnancy complications, Spike was born at 28 weeks weighing only 2.3 lbs, which resulted in a diagnosis of…

Read More
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Variety of Pittsburgh

“I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the surge of joy I feel when I see James on his…

Read More
New York New York
Variety of New York

Odley Jean, a high school senior in New York City, had her world rocked by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti...

Read More
Kansas City Kansas City
Variety of Kansas

The phone is a lifeline to the family of a child with mobility issues...

Read More
Subscribe to our Newsletter