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Please help our autistic son, Landon, gain a voice by helping us purchase him an iPad and specialized Autism applications.

Our son, Landon, was recently diagnosed with Autism. Landon has had delays in his development since he was 9 months old. Now that he officially has a name to his diagnosis, we are excited to do whatever it takes to help him succeed in life to the best of his ability.

One of Landon's biggest struggles now is that he's not able to speak in any capacity and has difficulty expressing his needs and wants. Landon is very good at interacting with technology and loves to play games on his mom and dad's phones. Everyday he impresses us with what he learns how to do on his own on our devices. In order to assist him with communicating on his own, it was recommended that we get an iPad for him to use. The Apple iPad has a bevy of applications that are designed to help children with autism learn, focus and communicate.

One of the most extensive of these applications is Proloquo2go. ( Proloquo2go will allowed Landon to select from a list of many different pictures of common objects and activities to help articulate what he needs. It grows with him as he gets older as it eventually allows for him to type in full sentences and then it reads off the sentences live.

Our hope is that by working with these applications he will be able to better communicate his needs and develop his word recognition and vocabulary. Eventually when he is able to talk, he will be able to recognize a range of words.

The costs associated with purchased an iPad itself, the numerous autism apps which typically cost $100-$200 each, and a "Landon proof" case that will allow the device to survive Landon's daily use are very extensive and total almost a $1000. With the care that Landon requires, any form of daycare is not an option therefore his mother Katie must stay at home full-time with him. This fact along with the significant medical bills associated with Landon's continued care and therapy prevent us from getting this potentially life changing device for Landon.

This is why I'm creating this page to ask you to help us acquire this device for Landon and help us give him a voice so that he can be heard. All donations will go towards helping us acquire this device for Landon. If you or someone you know has an iPad 2 or iPad 3 (the iPad 1 isn't compatible with the autism software) and are willing to donate it, that would greatly reduce the amount needed to grant this wish for Landon.
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