A group of students at the University of Minnesota have done something amazing for the Austism community by creating a special backpack specifically designed for children with the disease.
The Nesel Packis is a backpack that is specifically geared to students 6 to 12 years old who have autism. What makes the accessory special is it’s features that are specific to the needs of autistic children- compression vests and weighted blankets as sensory tools, comfortable and interchangeable straps, and different pouches for weights.
A Kickstarter campaign started by the students who designed the backpack aims to help not only fund the charitable business, but also to keep the backpacks at a reasonable price.
The effort, led by UoM student Martha Pietruszewski, started the project with the goal of providing comfort to students with autism.
On the Kickstarter page, Martha wrote:
With your help, we want to get these bags into the hands of as many students as possible. We have met with many parents, students, educators, and organizations to help bring this to life. This is our way to give back to the autism community!
As of now, the students have raised over $10,000 that is needed to produce the bags, with the selling price going for around $115. Pietruszewski says the group plans to lower the price in the future, and they also plan to donate bags to children in need.
The group has also partnered with Fraser, an autism services group, which will help them raise funds for production and also to help the group be able to give bags to families at a free or reduced price.
To donate to the cause, visit their Kickstarter page.