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Family & friends of Vivi Toro are uniting to raise money to help pay for an iPad with Autism related applications. Thank You So Much!

Vivienne was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 2 years old.

Autism is a lifelong, complex neurobiological disorder for which there is currently no cure. It crosses a spectrum that ranges from relatively mild difficulties to extreme conditions involving severe language delay; repetitive and/or anti-social behavior, and even aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior. Symptoms of autism change across the life course. An autism diagnosis involves deficits in three core areas: social interaction, use of language, and behavior and interests. Researchers are scrambling to determine whether autism is linked to genetics, environmental factors or a combination of both.

Autism is very rare for girls because most experts believe genetics are a contributing factor. In fact, so far we have not met another family with a female child affected by Autism.

Autism has affected Vivi's ability to communicate and relate to others, confined her to rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects and following very specific routines. We have been lucky that her diagnosis was made at such an early age because we now have a plan or rather several plans as she ages.

She is currently receiving ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis) via Autism Home Support Services. Our insurance has covered some of the expense, but there is so much more Vivi needs. Her pediatrician has recommended and iPad and several applications that will enhance her therapy and hopefully one day allow her to communicate with us.

Herbie, Veronica and I are so grateful to have friends and family who have pledged to help us financially as well as emotionally as we take this new journey with Vivi.
Everyday, actually if we're honest, every second is a new adventure for us.

If you have any questions, or suggestions or just need to contact a representative for the family please call Raquel Toro (Vivi's mom) at 773-290-0082 or e-mail at raqitoro73@yahoo.com.

If you want to send a donation by mail, please send checks to attention: Raquel Toro

7149 S Hamlin
Apt 2
Chicago IL 60629

All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated!!

Thank you all SO Much!! - Hernandez & Toro Family
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