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My rambunctious younger brother is a 10 year old boy with autism. We are raising funds to be able to provide him with an Apple iPad.

At first glance you would not know that my bright-eyed, curious, and affectionate little brother is nonverbal and has autism. Tommy developed much like my two younger sisters. I witnessed him go from eating baby food to chicken nuggets and from crawling on his hands and knees to watching Veggie Tales DVDs. Then it happened, at eight months old we all witnessed him being able to say his first words and then silence with no words at all. We all witnessed him look us in the eye and smile to a blank stare. The brother I was so overjoyed to have suddenly started changing. After months of my family seeking answers from many different specialist, we learned that my brother has something called Autism.

Fast forward ten years, Tommy has gone through various interventions and programs to support his disability. He remains nonverbal and is not able to successfully communicate with accommodations currently provided to him. Having researched the educational benefits the Apple iPad and the applications related to autism, I believe that an iPad is a valuable communicative and educational tool.

Tommy deserves to be able to communicate with others his most basic needs. He also deserves a chance to learn how to express himself successfully for the very first time. Our parents are not financially able to provide him an iPad at this time. So we are calling on family, friends, and whoever else feels moved to make a difference in his life. Please join us in our efforts to make communicating his first words a reality for Tommy!

We are looking to get an Ipad 2 (~$500), Autism Applications (~$200), a protective case (~$100), protection warranty (~$100), plus fees and taxes!

All your generous contributions are deeply appreciated by our family! If you are unable to contribute but would like to help out, please feel free to forward this link on to your networks!

Tommy's Big Sister,
Telisa Kidwell
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