- Bubel Aiken Foundation
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2003 by
Clay Aikenand Diane Bubel to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in activities with their non-disabled peers.
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation was founded in July 2003 by singer Clay Aiken from the hit TV show, "
American Idol". His interest in autismissues led him, along with Diane Bubel (whose son Michael is diagnosed with autism and was tutored by Aiken), to found the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which supports the integration of children with disabilities into the life environment of their non-disabled peers. Initially, Aiken developed the concept of the foundation as a project to complete credit hours needed for graduation from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Aiken worked on the organization and set up of the Foundation during the time that he was competing on American Idol and touring over the summer. After receiving over $50,000 in donations to the as-yet non-existent organization, Aiken decided to follow through and make the organization a reality. On July 28, 2003, just 2 months after the end of the competition, Clay officially announced the creation of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation.
The BAF runs summer camps which reflect this mission by providing camp experiences to children with and without disabilities in an integrated environment. Some of these camps are run in partnership with the YMCA. BAF also presents Able to Serve awards to support the volunteer efforts of children with physical and mental disabilities. These awards are granted to fund service projects by children with disabilities to encourage them to provide service to others. [ [http://www.ysa.org/news_event/2007/press_release.cfm?pr=032107n_a "Clay Aiken Able-to-Serve Grantees Named for National & Global Youth Service Day - April 20-22, 2007" "YSA Press Release", 3/26/2007, retrieved March 22, 2007] ]
The BAF was presented with a $500,000 grant from the U.S. government to develop a curriculum for inclusion to be used in schools across the country. In addition
State Farmhas granted $1.5 million dollars to The Bubel/Aiken Foundation to help develop a primary education curriculum focused on teaching social and life skills through service to children of all levels of ability. [ [http://www.csrwire.com/article.cgi/4637.html, "America's "Good Neighbor" Teams up with Recording Artist Clay Aiken's Bubel/Aiken Foundation to Promote Inclusive Education" "CSR Wire Press Release", 11/02/2005, retrieved April 8, 2006] ]
In a Celebrity edition of the game show "
Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?", Clay Aiken won $300,000 for this charity.
In addition the BAF sponsors "Wrapping For Inclusion" fund raisers during the holidays.
"Board of Directors:"
*Dr. Priscilla Brame
* [http://www.bubelaikenfoundation.org The Bubel/Aiken Foundation] , original website
* [http://www.bubelaiken.org The Bubel/Aiken Foundation] , new website
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