Aydin Martin12th Grade
It started with a question.
How do parents afford tutoring and other educational strategies geared toward children with disabilities to help them maximize their potential? A process that can surely become expensive over time, it’s a problem that affects plenty of families across the United States.
Laurel Springs student Aydin Martin couldn’t believe there wasn’t more assistance for these families. But, at 17 years-old, many of his peers would have simply given up after failing to find a suitable solution. Aydin took things a step further, and – with a little help from his 15-year-old sister, Hannah Rose, as well as his parents – Martin Miracles was born.
“Giving back to me means making a difference in the community and becoming an example for the next generation,” said Martin. “Giving back is a way for me to make the change in the world I want to see. By starting Martin Miracles, I am able to help other kids with disabilities work to their full potential who otherwise could not afford to get the extra help they need.”
A non-profit organization based in Arizona, Martin Miracles’ mission is aimed at “helping children transform their disabilities into abilities by providing scholarships for tutoring services.”
The Martin Miracles Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provides compensation to eligible students for tutoring sessions in a secondary learning environment that is conducive to their learning style – either in a small group, or in a one-on-one setting. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are documented as having one of the 13 disabilities – as defined by the Individuals Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – can qualify: Autism, blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing Impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment.
Thanks to Aydin for all of his hard work and for making a positive impact!