Brooke County boy helps fund iPads for children with Autism


April is Autism Awareness Month but there’s a young man from Brooke County who’s dedicated the past several years of his life advocating for people with Autism. 

16-year-old Jason Polgar is the founder of Ryan’s Prayer of Hope and Healing for Autism.

This is a non-profit organization which helps raise money for free iPads for Brooke County kids with Autism. 

Polgar told 7News, he founded the non-profit back in 2011 when he was just 10-years-old.

Since 2011, Polgar has teamed up with the Christian Assembly Church, Follansbee, WV, where he’s a member, along with several community fundraising events to buy iPads for 30 kids across the county. 

According to Polgar, he communicates with county school officials to decide which students are eligible for the program. 

Polgar said he’s inspired by his 14-year-old brother Ryan Polgar who is the namesake of his foundation. 

Polgar said his brother Ryan was diagnosed with Autism at a young age and was non-verbal until his family discovered the benefits of iPads for people with the condition. 

“When we gave him an iPad he was first able to communicate until one day it died and communicated to us that he wanted chips.” “Anything you say to him he can repeat back… it’s just great to see how much he’s approved as a brother,” said Polgar. 

The 3rd annual Ryan’s Prayer of Hope and Healing for Autism walk is scheduled May 26 at 9:30a.m. at Follansbee Middle School. 

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